MRI Cost and MRI Procedures Information

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, usually painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed three dimensional pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

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MRI Cost Averages Around the Country

Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $2,000
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $2,175
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $2,250
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $2,025
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $2,175
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $2,000
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $2,175
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $1,950
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $2,475
Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $2,100

Specific MRI Procedures and National Cost Averages

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (General MRI) Cost Average $2,475
Brain MRI Cost Average $2,625
Neck MRI Cost Average $3,600
Chest MRI Cost Average $2,850
Breast MRI (One Breast) Cost Average $4,700
Breast MRI (Both Breasts) Cost Average $2,925
Abdominal MRI Cost Average $2,625
MRI Cervical Spine Cost Average $2,100
Pelvic MRI Cost Average $2,550
MRI Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand (Upper Extremity) Cost Average $1,600
MRI Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (Lower Extremity) Cost Average $1,550
MRI of Head Cost Average $1,500
Cardiac MRI Cost Average $3,800
Bone MRI Cost Average $1,250
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRI

Name Location Average List Price
Missouri Valley Radiology Pierre , SD $1,750
Open MRI of Washington Parish Bogalusa , LA $1,800
Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital Frankfort , IN $6,000
The Carbondale Clinic Radiology Carbondale , IL $1,800
Advanced Diagnostics Shreveport , LA $1,800
Deer Creek Imaging Center Leesville , LA $1,800
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Storm Lake , IA $5,200
Northshore Medical Imaging Portland , TX $1,800
Central Alabama MRI Montgomery , AL $1,750
Warren General Hospital Warren , PA $3,100
Lakes Regional Hospital Spirit Lake , IA $3,300
Horizon Boynton Boynton Beach , FL $2,100
Gila Regional Medical Center Silver City , NM $2,850
Molecular Imaging Alliance of Tennessee Gray , TN $1,800
Memorial Healthcare Owosso , MI $3,800
Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks Ocala , FL $1,950
Physicians Imaging -- Lake City Lake City , FL $1,950
MRI Of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo , CA $1,400
Clemson Imaging Clemson , SC $1,800
Parkview Noble Hospital Kendallville , IN $2,850
Firelands Regional Medical Center - Main Campus Sandusky , OH $3,600
Cross Creek Imaging Fayetteville , NC $1,850
Assumption Community Hospital Napoleonville , LA $5,700
Decatur Memorial Hospital Decatur , IL $4,700
Memorial Hospital of Texas County Guymon , OK $3,500
Scott and White Temple , TX $3,200
East Tennessee Diagnostic Center Knoxville , TN $1,800
Beatrice Community Hospital Beatrice , NE $5,300
Riverpark Imaging Center Vidalia , LA $1,800
St Lukes Center for Diagnostic Imaging St Louis , MO $1,900

More about MRI Procedures

MRI Procedure FAQ

MRI Facts

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners use a powerful magnetic field (magnetism), radio waves and a computer to produce detailed three dimensional pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. MRI scans do not require x-ray radiation and are noninvasive, usually painless medical tests.

MRI Side Effects

Patients with pacemakers, metal implants or metal chips/clips cannot be scanned. Patients may experience a feeling of claustrophobia when undergoing an MRI scan.

What to Expect Before Your MRI

Your physician or facility may have specific requirements regarding your eating and/or drinking before an MRI. Unless you are told otherwise, you may eat and drink normally before an MRI. Leave all metallic items at home, if possible.

Notify your technologist if you have metal or electronic medical devices in your body!

If a contrast material is required for your MRI, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) into a vein in your hand or arm. It is normal to experience a cool or flushing feeling.

What to Expect During Your MRI

During your MRI, you will likely be asked to lie on a bed that slides into the circular magnet. If you have claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you should notify your physician as a mild sedative may be prescribed or an open-sided MRI machine may be used.

Most MRI exams are painless. However, it is normal to feel warm in the area of your body that is being imaged. The entire imaging session should be able to be completed in under an hour.

What to Expect After Your MRI

Unless you have been sedated, an MRI requires no recovery period.

How does an MRI Machine Produce Images?

MRI scanners produce images by creating a strong magnetic field that causes protons inside of the body to move enough to be detected by the MRI’s scanner. This positional information is then interpreted by a computer.

When is an MRI used?

The ability of an MRI to produce images of softer bodies makes it capable of imaging organs and internal structures of the body when other testing has failed. For this reason, an MRI can be used to provide images of a brain, for example, suspected of suffering trauma that is causing swelling and/or bleeding.

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