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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|Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average||$460 - $1,200|
|Washington, DC MRI Cost Average||$550 - $1,400|
|New York, NY MRI Cost Average||$625 - $1,600|
|Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average||$550 - $1,400|
|Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average||$575 - $1,500|
|Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average||$575 - $1,500|
|Miami, FL MRI Cost Average||$550 - $1,450|
|Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average||$525 - $1,350|
|Houston, TX MRI Cost Average||$525 - $1,400|
|Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average||$500 - $1,300|
|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|
|Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County||Martinsville , VA||$675 - $2,475|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo||Amarillo , TX||$420 - $2,250|
|Saint Anthony Summit Medical Center||Frisco , CO||$1,500 - $6,200|
|Saint Elizabeth Community Hospital||Red Bluff , CA||$1,300 - $4,200|
|Lake Havasu Imaging Center||Lake Havasu City , AZ||$460 - $2,400|
|Gila Health Resources||Morenci , AZ||$460 - $2,400|
|Shannon Medical Center||San Angelo , TX||$925 - $3,400|
|Dekalb Memorial Hospital||Auburn , IN||$440 - $3,600|
|Castleview Hospital||Price , UT||$575 - $2,250|
|Salt Creek Medical Imaging||Westmont , IL||$525 - $2,775|
|Torrington Radiologists||Torrington , CT||$550 - $2,850|
|Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville||Nelsonville , OH||$1,400 - $4,900|
|Raulerson Hospital||Okeechobee , FL||$1,400 - $3,700|
|West Plains Imaging||West Plains , MO||$390 - $2,100|
|Upstate Carolina Medical Center||Gaffney , SC||$625 - $2,700|
|Center for Advance Imaging||Roanoke , VA||$440 - $2,325|
|Highland Community Hospital||Picayune , MS||$500 - $1,600|
|Northeast Radiology of Ct||Danbury , CT||$550 - $2,850|
|Northern Montana Hospital||Havre , MT||$600 - $4,100|
|Newman Regional Health||Emporia , KS||$575 - $3,500|
|MRI Diagnostic Center of Mi||Flint , MI||$440 - $2,325|
|Focused Imaging of Arizona||Yuma , AZ||$460 - $2,400|
|Ascension Open MRI||Gonzales , LA||$410 - $2,175|
|Geisinger Medical Center||Danville , PA||$600 - $8,000|
|Brigham City Community Hospital||Brigham City , UT||$725 - $2,700|
|Hartsville Imaging Associates||Hartsville , SC||$420 - $2,175|
|Audrain Medical Center||Mexico , MO||$625 - $4,000|
|Carson Valley Medical Center||Gardnerville , NV||$1,450 - $6,400|
|Wilson Medical Center||Wilson , NC||$775 - $2,925|
|Rockingham Memorial Hospital||Harrisonburg , VA||$600 - $5,000|
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.
Patients with pacemakers, metal implants or metal chips/clips cannot be scanned. Patients may experience a feeling of claustrophobia when undergoing an MRI scan.
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.
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.
Unless you have been sedated, an MRI requires no recovery period.
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.
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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