San Diego, CA MRI Cost Comparison

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A MRI in San Diego costs $784 on average when you take the median of the 35 medical providers who perform MRI procedures in San Diego, CA. The least expensive MRI in San Diego is $310 for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (General MRI) while the most expensive MRI list price is $900 for a Neck MRI. There are 14 different types of MRI provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Compare MRI Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
Encinitas MRI Center Encinitas Diagnostic Testing Facility
My Imaging Center - Fallbrook Fallbrook Diagnostic Testing Facility
Valley Radiology - Carlsbad Carlsbad Diagnostic Testing Facility
San Diego Imaging - Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp and Childrens MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista Acute Care Hospital
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego San Diego Childrens Hospital
San Diego Imaging Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp and Children's MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Grossmont Hospital La Mesa Acute Care Hospital
Pacific Imaging and Treatment Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Palomar Medical Center Escondido Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps MRI Center at Encinitas Encinitas Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Ucsd Center for Molecular Imaging San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Alvarado Hospital Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Del Mar Medical Imaging San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gateway Radiology - Valley Radiology Consultants Poway Diagnostic Testing Facility
California Orthopaedic Institute San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Parkway on Elm - Valley Radiology Consultants Escondido Diagnostic Testing Facility
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
SMI Imaging Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Carlsbad Imaging Center Carlsbad Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Regents Imaging - La Jolla La Jolla Diagnostic Testing Facility
Imaging Healthcare Specialists San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ucsd Department of Radiology San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital

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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