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
Lakes Imaging Brainerd , MN $1,950
Open MRI of Durant, Durant , OK $1,700
Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center Sevierville , TN $2,925
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Hilo , HI $2,250
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $3,200
Henry County Memorial Hospital New Castle , IN $2,850
Coastal Carolina Health Care Pa, Cchc Imaging Center New Bern , NC $1,850
Paradox Jennings , LA $1,800
River Radiology Kingston , NY $2,175
Mcdonough District Hospital Macomb , IL $3,600
Baptist Regional Medical Center Corbin , KY $4,000
Sterling Rock Falls Clinic Diagnostic Imaging Center Sterling , IL $1,800
Tolland Imaging Center Tolland , CT $2,325
Pottsville Open MRI Pottsville , PA $1,850
Cortland Regional Medical Center Cortland , NY $2,625
Kittitas Valley Community Hospital Ellensburg , WA $6,500
Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists MRI Center Branford , CT $2,325
Illini Open MRI Champaign , IL $1,800
The Finley Hospital Dubuque , IA $3,300
Bedford County Medical Center Shelbyville , TN $3,100
Consolidated Laboratory Services Pahrump , NV $2,100
University of Virginia Imaging Charlottesville , VA $1,900
Mid-columbia Medical Center The Dalles , OR $4,100
Wallace Thomson Hospital Union , SC $3,800
Olympia Open MRI Lacey , WA $1,950
TMC Advanced Imaging Phoenix , AZ $1,950
Lake Region Hospital Fergus Falls , MN $2,850
Advanced Radiology MRI Centers Bridgeport , CT $2,325
Scott Memorial Hospital Scottsburg , IN $6,000
Fremont Area Medical Center Fremont , NE $3,500

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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