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).

MRI Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $500 - $1,300
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,400
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,450
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $460 - $1,200
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $575 - $1,500
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $625 - $1,600
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $550 - $1,400
Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $525 - $1,350
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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
Oconee Regional Medical Center Milledgeville , GA $650 - $2,175
Evergreen Diagnostics Roseburg , OR $430 - $2,250
Scott and White Temple , TX $800 - $3,800
Avera Louis Weiner Memorial Hospital Marshall , MN $1,350 - $4,400
In Med Diagnostic Services Carterville , IL $420 - $2,250
Proscan Imaging of Chillicothe Chillicothe , OH $625 - $2,625
Meridian North Imaging Center Carmel , IN $430 - $2,250
Open MRI of Decatur Decatur , AL $400 - $2,100
Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital Frankfort , IN $1,450 - $5,700
Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Mccomb , MS $490 - $2,325
Fairmont Medical Center Fairmont , MN $550 - $2,475
Holston Valley Imaging Center Kingsport , TN $420 - $2,175
Passavant Area Hospital Jacksonville , IL $950 - $2,475
Pueblo Vascular Diagnostics Pueblo , CO $470 - $2,475
First MRI Bangor , ME $420 - $2,175
Wallace Thomson Hospital Union , SC $625 - $3,100
Huntsville Imaging Center Huntsville , TX $420 - $2,250
Orthopaedic Associates of Jackson Hole Jackson , WY $410 - $2,175
Helena Regional Medical Center Helena , AR $750 - $2,775
Shelby Hospital Shelby , OH $1,400 - $4,900
War Memorial Hospital Sault Saint Marie , MI $750 - $2,250
Wilbarger General Hospital Vernon , TX $575 - $2,000
Innervision West West Lafayette , IN $430 - $2,250
The MRI Center of Charlotte County Port Charlotte , FL $450 - $2,400
Advanced Imaging , High Resolution Albuquerque , NM $430 - $2,250
St.bernards Imaging Center Jonesboro , AR $400 - $2,100
Dekalb Memorial Hospital Auburn , IN $440 - $3,600
Sterling Rock Falls Clinic Diagnostic Imaging Center Sterling , IL $420 - $2,250
Seattle Radiologists, A Professional Corporation Seattle , WA $525 - $2,700
Cumberland Medical Center Crossville , TN $1,050 - $2,775

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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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