Charlotte, NC MRI Cost Comparison

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A MRI in Charlotte costs $780 on average when you take the median of the 28 medical providers who perform MRI procedures in Charlotte, NC. The least expensive MRI in Charlotte is $350 for a MRI Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (Lower Extremity) while the most expensive MRI list price is $850 for a Breast MRI (One Breast). There are 13 different types of MRI provided in Charlotte, 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 Charlotte 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 Charlotte, NC

Facility City Type
Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast Concord Acute Care Hospital
North Carolina Diagnostic Imaging Gastonia Diagnostic Testing Facility
Presbyterian Imaging Center Museum Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
North Carolina Diagnostic Imaging Concord Diagnostic Testing Facility
Union West MRI Center Indian Trail Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gaston Radiology Gastonia Diagnostic Testing Facility
Presbyterian Hospital Charlotte Acute Care Hospital
Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Matthews Acute Care Hospital
Presbyterian Breast Center Charlotte Breast Clinic
The Imaging Center at Baxter Village Fort Mill Diagnostic Testing Facility
Carolinas Imaging Services Huntersville Huntersville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gaston Memorial Hospital Gastonia Acute Care Hospital
Carolinas Medical Center - University Charlotte Acute Care Hospital
Carolinas Imaging Services Southpark Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
Anson Community Hospital Wadesboro Acute Care Hospital
Access Medical Imaging Concord Diagnostic Testing Facility
Mecklenburg Diagnostic Imaging Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
Presbyterian Imaging Center Randolph Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
Metrolina Neurodiagnostic Center Rock Hill Diagnostic Testing Facility
Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy Charlotte Acute Care Hospital
Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital Charlotte Acute Care Hospital
Piedmont Medical Center Rock Hill Acute Care Hospital
Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville Huntersville Acute Care Hospital
Carolinas Medical Center - Union Monroe Acute Care Hospital
Carolinas Imaging Services Ballantyne Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
Presbyterian Imaging Center University Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility
Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte Acute Care Hospital
Presbyterian Imaging Center Ballantyne Charlotte Diagnostic Testing Facility

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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