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
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $460 - $1,200
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $625 - $1,600
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,450
Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,350
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $500 - $1,300
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,400
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400

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
Skiff Medical Center Newton , IA $800 - $2,475
Saint Mary's Healthcare Center Pierre , SD $700 - $4,300
Bedford County Medical Center Shelbyville , TN $800 - $2,625
Assumption Community Hospital Napoleonville , LA $1,550 - $4,800
Canton-potsdam Hospital Potsdam , NY $800 - $2,775
Center for Advance Imaging Roanoke , VA $440 - $2,325
Merle West Medical Center Klamath Falls , OR $675 - $2,925
Providence Saint Peter Hospital Olympia , WA $1,000 - $2,925
Texoma Medical Center Wichita Falls , TX $420 - $2,250
Dalton Imaging Center Dalton , GA $420 - $2,250
Southern Ohio Medical Center Portsmouth , OH $625 - $4,800
West Ashley Diagnostic Imaging Charleston , SC $420 - $2,175
Singing River Hospital Pascagoula , MS $1,500 - $4,200
Sunview Imaging Services Las Cruces , NM $430 - $2,250
Georgetown Memorial Hospital Georgetown , SC $1,100 - $3,500
Tri-lakes Diagnostic Imaging Branson , MO $390 - $2,100
Madison Radiologists Madison , WI $430 - $2,250
Bucktail Medical Center Renovo , PA $1,450 - $4,900
Lander Valley Medical Center Lander , WY $440 - $3,200
Hoopeston Regional Health Center Hoopeston , IL $1,500 - $5,300
Cannon Falls Community Hospital Cannon Falls , MN $1,350 - $4,400
Polk Medical Center Cedartown , GA $1,350 - $5,400
Open MRI of Tifton Tifton , GA $420 - $2,250
King's Daughters Hospital Yazoo City , MS $1,500 - $4,200
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital & Health Center Nogales , AZ $1,600 - $6,400
Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital Frankfort , IN $1,450 - $5,700
Theda Clark Medical Center Appleton , WI $430 - $2,250
Coastal Carolina Health Care Pa, Cchc Imaging Center New Bern , NC $430 - $2,250
Mahaska Hospital Oskaloosa , IA $1,250 - $4,100
Pleasant Valley Hospital Point Pleasant , WV $575 - $3,400

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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