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
Sutter Buttes MRI Yuba City , CA $2,100
Foley Imaging Center Foley , AL $1,750
Alpena Regional Medical Center Alpena , MI $3,900
Radiology Fond Du Lac Fond Du Lac , WI $1,850
North Carolina Diagnostic Imaging Mooresville , NC $1,850
West Bend Open MRI West Bend , WI $1,850
Open MRI of New Mexico Farmington , NM $1,800
Hilltop Imaging and Diagnostic Richmond , CA $1,700
Open-sided MRI of Stillwater Stillwater , OK $1,700
Graham Hospital Canton , IL $3,800
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Northwest Seneca , PA $2,400
Central Montana Imaging Great Falls , MT $1,750
OpenSided MRI of Bartlesville, LLC Bartlesville , OK $1,700
Diagnostic Radiologic Imaging Worthington , MN $1,950
Memorial Hospital and Manor Bainbridge , GA $2,175
Lakes Imaging Brainerd , MN $1,950
Mercy Scan Open MRI Manhattan , KS $1,800
Teton MRI of Idaho Falls Idaho Falls , ID $1,750
Partners Medical Imaging Group Porterville , CA $2,100
Bradford Regional Medical Center Bradford , PA $3,100
Cassia Regional Medical Center Burley , ID $4,800
Wheeling Hospital Wheeling , WV $3,200
The Doctors Clinic Salmon Medical Center Silverdale , WA $1,950
Central Texas Advanced Medical Imaging Waco , TX $1,800
Atlantic Medical Imaging (Cape May) Cape May Court House , NJ $2,250
Hereford Regional Medical Center Hereford , TX $1,800
Open MRI and Imaging of Habersham Demorest , GA $1,800
Open Aire MRI Fort Smith Fort Smith , AR $1,700
Horizon Cape Coral Cape Coral , FL $2,100
Indiana Open MRI Indiana , PA $1,850

More about MRI Procedures

MRI Procedure Introduction

Although there are other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning), the detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other methods. These other methods are usually less expensive but may not be appropriate for your medical testing needs. The decision on the use of an alternative testing method should be based on a discussion with your physician.

There are numerous types of MRIs, each of which are performed in the same manner. Some may need to be performed with contrast (a dye which is injected), without contrast, or with and without contrast. Costs do vary per type of MRI and can be determined through the NewChoiceHealth.com website.

MRI Alternatives

Although there are other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning), the detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other methods. These other methods are usually less expensive but may not be appropriate for your medical testing needs. The decision on the use of an alternative testing method should be based on a discussion with your physician.

MRI Procedure Patient Preparation

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative or request to have the MRI procedure performed in an open-sided MRI machine which may impact the cost of the procedure. All metallic items and items with magnetic strip should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan.

You should tell the technologist if you have metal or electronic medical devices in your body!

What to expect during and after an MRI procedure

Most MRI exams are painless. You will be positioned on the movable examination table. Some patients, however, find it uncomfortable to remain still during MR imaging. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm, but if it bothers you, notify the radiologist or technologist. It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being recorded. MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), each typically a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. The entire examination is usually completed within one hour. If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. It is normal to feel coolness and a flushing for a minute or two when the contrast material is injected. If you have not been sedated, no recovery period is necessary. You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam.

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