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

Price Range
Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $490 - $1,250
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,450
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,350
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $500 - $1,300
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $625 - $1,650
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,300

Specific MRI Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (General MRI) Cost Average $400 - $5,700
Brain MRI Cost Average $1,600 - $8,400
Neck MRI Cost Average $500 - $11,800
Chest MRI Cost Average $500 - $7,900
Breast MRI (One Breast) Cost Average $500 - $10,300
Breast MRI (Both Breasts) Cost Average $500 - $6,900
Abdominal MRI Cost Average $1,600 - $7,600
MRI Cervical Spine Cost Average $1,400 - $7,600
Pelvic MRI Cost Average $500 - $7,900
MRI Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand (Upper Extremity) Cost Average $1,050 - $7,000
MRI Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (Lower Extremity) Cost Average $975 - $6,300
MRI of Head Cost Average $410 - $6,100
Cardiac MRI Cost Average $430 - $6,500
Bone MRI Cost Average $410 - $2,100
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRI

Name Location Price Range
Atlantic Diagnostic Center (17th Wilmington , NC $430 - $2,250
Three Rivers Community Hospital Grants Pass , OR $450 - $3,100
Cape Imaging Cape Girardeau , MO $390 - $2,100
Mercy Scan Open MRI Manhattan , KS $420 - $2,175
Saint Peter's Hospital Helena , MT $975 - $3,400
Ouachita County Medical Center Camden , AR $850 - $3,900
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging College Station , TX $420 - $2,250
Coastal Imaging Victoria , TX $420 - $2,250
Open MRI of Pueblo Pueblo , CO $470 - $2,475
Conejo Medical Magnetic Resonance Systems Thousand Oaks , CA $575 - $2,925
Pioneer Memorial Hospital Prineville , OR $1,450 - $6,700
Arch Diagnostic Imaging Alliance , OH $440 - $2,325
Corvallis Radiology Corvallis , OR $430 - $2,250
Professional Radiology Services Baton Rouge , LA $410 - $2,175
Rock Valley Radiology Janesville , WI $430 - $2,250
Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande , OR $1,450 - $6,700
Imaging Consultants of Findlay Findlay , OH $440 - $2,325
Dakota PET CT and MRI Rapid City , SD $410 - $2,175
Acadiana MRI New Iberia , LA $410 - $2,175
Radiology Imaging and Assoc Paris , TN $420 - $2,175
Jefferson City Radiologists Jefferson City , MO $390 - $2,100
Fort Hall Indian Health Services Fort Hall , ID $410 - $2,175
Permian Basin Radiology Odessa , TX $420 - $2,250
Quality Care Clinic Clinton , IA $410 - $2,175
Open MRI of Scottsboro Scottsboro , AL $400 - $2,100
California Orthopaedic Institute San Diego , CA $320 - $1,700
Madisonville MRI Madisonville , KY $410 - $2,175
DX Imaging Mt Pleasant , TX $420 - $2,250
Willow Street Imaging Center Willow Street , PA $430 - $2,325
Partners Medical Imaging Group Porterville , CA $490 - $2,550

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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