Dallas, TX MRI Cost Comparison

What does an MRI cost in Dallas, TX?

By: Catherine Poslusny
August 27, 2019

The average price for an MRI in Dallas, TX is $899. This cost is approximately 32% cheaper than the national average of $1,325. While $899 might be the average across all medical facilities there are big differences between the lowest priced Dallas MRI provider at $370 and the highest being over $4,000. While averages are great for reference we recommend shooting for a Target Fair Price of $900.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Though this information is useful, the above costs are only estimates. The price that you will ultimately pay will depend upon several variables to include your insurance type, if insured, and what type of MRI you require. There are many different types of MRIs and each has a different price point. For example, the median price of an MRI of the Lower Extremity (foot) without contrast is $519 while an Abdominal MRI with and without contrast is $893. No matter what type of MRI you need, our Dallas-area cost and facility data can help you make sure you're paying a Fair Price for quality care. Click here to request a personalized quote now.

Top 5 Most Commonly Performed MRIs in Dallas, TX & Average Costs

MRIs can be used to assess and diagnose a wide range of conditions in different areas of the body. The type of MRI that your physician recommends will depend on your situation and the part of your body that needs to be examined. The technical nature and difficulty associated with each type of MRI will affect the price of the procedure. Below are the most common types of MRIs used in Dallas along with their average price in the Dallas area.

Procedure Average Cost
Abdominal MRI $893
Cervical MRI $695
Breast MRI $978
Cardiac MRI $1,553
Brain MRI $888

Top 5 Least Expensive & Most Expensive Providers in Dallas, TX

There are over 130 providers in the Dallas area who perform MRI procedures. Of that number, 60 providers are associated with hospital systems and 76 are independent imaging centers. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Texas ranks 9th in the nation for the number of MRI procedures performed each year but ranks 4th most expensive when comparing average cost. The top 5 least expensive and most expensive MRI providers in Dallas, TX are:

Least Expensive and Most Expensive
MRI Providers in Dallas, TX
Least Expensive MRI Providers
1. Envision Imaging
18 locations
$
2. Touchstone Imaging
14 locations
$
3. Prime Imaging
5 locations
$
4. Preferred Imaging
3 locations
$
5. Center for Diagnostic Imaging
6 locations
$$
Most Expensive MRI Providers
1. Baylor Medical Center
1 location
$$$$
2. Children's Medical Center Dallas
1 location
$$$$
3. HCA Medical Center Dallas
1 location
$$$$
4. First Texas
1 location
$$$$
5. Cook Children's Medical Center
1 location
$$$$
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Based on New Choice Health cost estimates for MRI procedures
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Using New Choice Health’s claims database, we found that the major hospitals struggled to compare to independent imaging centers when it comes to MRI pricing.

The 5 least expensive providers in the Dallas area for an MRI:

  1. Envision Imaging - $
  2. Touchstone Imaging - $
  3. Prime Diagnostic Imaging - $
  4. Preferred Imaging - $
  5. Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) - $$

The 5 most expensive providers in the Dallas area for an MRI:

  1. Baylor Medical Center - $$$$
  2. Children’s Medical Center Dallas - $$$$
  3. HCA Medical City Dallas - $$$$
  4. First Texas - $$$$
  5. Cook Children’s Medical Center - $$$$

Largest MRI Facility Operators in Dallas, TX

Though many of the 136 Dallas medical facilities are independent imaging centers, there are a few large operators with multiple facilities scattered throughout the city. Typically, healthcare operators keep MRI costs the same across all of their facilities in an area. Below, we share our pricing guide of what you can expect to pay at each imaging center.

Facility Name Facility Type Number of Locations Expected Price
Envision Imaging Imaging Center 18 $
Touchstone Imaging Imaging Center 14 $
Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) Imaging Center 6 $$
Prime Diagnostic Imaging Imaging Center 5 $

MRI Pricing in Cities Close to Dallas

The average cost for an MRI in Dallas is $899, but pricing for procedures may vary in the surrounding cities. No matter where you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metroplex, you are probably used to traveling to different cities in the area to find the things that you need. If you can drive to Frisco for your favorite furniture store, or commute to work in Irving, why not cross city lines to get a better price on your MRI? Depending on where you live, you may be able to save money by traveling outside of the Dallas region for your MRI.

City Miles From Dallas Average Price
Wichita Falls, TX139$788
Sulphur Spring, TX78$1,047
Athens, TX72$1,350
Waco, TX90$733

What Will Influence the Price You Pay for your MRI?

As you can see, the price of an MRI can vary greatly. The most important factors that can impact the total cost of your MRI are:

  • The type of MRI that you need — Each of the different types of MRI have a different price point.
  • The setting of your MRI — Where you have your MRI can have a significant impact on the price that you pay for the procedure. A good rule of thumb is hospitals are more expensive than outpatient imaging centers. For example, at Texas Health facilities in Dallas you can likely expect to be charged $2000-$4000 for an MRI, while Envision Imaging will likely only charge you $700 - $1550.
  • How you pay for your MRI — Who will be paying for your MRI? If you're using insurance, then you will pay the price that the insurance company has negotiated with the provider. This price tends to be much cheaper than what a patient without insurance might be able to get. However, uninsured patients have more negotiating power than you may think. Keep reading to learn more about how to get the best price for your MRI in Dallas.

Tips for Finding a Fair Price for Your Dallas MRI

With over 130 medical facilities that perform MRIs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it can seem daunting to sort through all of your options to find the lowest cost for your procedure. On the other hand, the more providers you have to choose from, the more bargaining power you have as a healthcare consumer. To start shopping, you can use our Free Quote Tool to help locate fair priced providers in your area.

Our top cost-cutting tip? Stay away from hospitals. If your physician says that you need to have an MRI, be sure to ask them to refer you to a stand-alone imaging center. That alone will help save you money. Other tips to make sure you're getting the most (and best) care for your money:

  • Before scheduling your procedure, ask your insurance company about your costs, like co-insurance, copays, and deductibles
  • Utilize your Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) to cover out-of-pocket expenses
  • If you are uninsured, ask if your physician or healthcare facility offers cash-pay discounts or interest-free payment plans
  • Consider traveling to find the most affordable MRI in your area. By driving an extra twenty or thirty minutes, you may be able to save hundreds on the cost of your MRI.

If you wish to save even more, then it's time to shop and compare. Providers across the metroplex offer MRIs at a wide range of prices. For example, the lowest-priced MRI in Dallas is listed at $370, while the highest-priced MRI is over $4,000. Make sure to call around and find the lowest-cost provider in your area. Or, you can simply use our quoting tool to request a personalized Free Quote

Finding Quality MRI Providers in Dallas

It's important to note that though MRI costs may be lower at Envision Imaging and Touchstone Imaging than at Baylor Medical and HCA Medical City Hospital, it doesn't mean that you will be receiving a lower quality of care. There are a lot of different factors that go into the price that a facility charges for their services and many have nothing to do with the cost of care. To determine the quality of care that you can expect to receive from one of the hundred-plus medical facilities in Dallas that perform MRIs, you can:

  • Look up your physician or MRI technologist with the Texas Medical Board
  • Check to see if the provider's radiology technicians are certified with the American Board of Radiology
  • Make sure the imaging center is accredited with the American College of Radiology
  • Read a facility's patient reviews to determine what you can expect from your MRI experience

Financial Assistance Options in Dallas for MRIs

Many healthcare facilities that offer MRIs throughout Dallas also offer financial assistance to patients who cannot afford the medical procedures that they need. The main Dallas-area providers who offer such financial assistance are:

Baylor Scott & White Health (800) 994-0371
Texas Health Resources (877) THR-WELL
Methodist Health System (214) 947-8181
Cook Children's Health System (682) 885-4000

MRI Providers in Dallas

We have compiled a comprehensive listing of medical facilities that offer MRI procedures in the Dallas metro. Below, you will find the facility names and general locations of each. You can research each of the individual providers for pricing quotes, or you can simply click here and we'll send a quote request on your behalf to help you find the best price for your MRI.

Envision Imaging of AllenAllen
Envision Imaging of BedfordBedford
Envision Imaging of CleburneCleburne
Envision Imaging of DallasDallas
Envision Imaging of DesotoDallas
Envision Imaging of FriscoFrisco
Envision Imaging of Hunters RowMansfield
Envision Imaging of Las ColinasIrving
Envision Imaging of McKinneyMcKinney
Envision Imaging of North ArlingtonArlington
Envision Imaging of North Fort WorthFort Worth
Envision Imaging of PlanoPlano
Envision Imaging of South ArlingtonArlington
Envison Imaging at Camp BowieFort Worth
Envison Imaging at PennsylvaniaFort Worth
Envison Imaging at SouthlakeSouthlake
Envison Imaging of HulenFort Worth
Advanced Medical Imaging - PlanoPlano
American Health Imaging of DallasDallas
Apex Ultra MRI GPDallas
Arlington Memorial HospitalArlington
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort WorthFort Worth
Baylor Medical Center at FriscoFrisco
Baylor Medical Center at GarlandGarland
Baylor Medical Center at IrvingIrving
Baylor Medical Center at Trophy ClubTrophy Club
Baylor Medical Center at WaxahachieWaxahachie
Baylor Regional Medical Center at GrapevineGrapevine
Baylor Regional Medical Center at PlanoPlano
Baylor University Medical Center at DallasDallas
Blue Star ImagingIrving
Centennial Medical CenterFrisco
Children's Medical Center DallasDallas
Cook Children's Medical CenterFort Worth
Denton Regional Medical CenterDenton
Dfw Open MRIDallas
Diagnostic PavilionFort Worth
Doctors Hospital of DallasDallas
Eclipse Medical ImagingNorth Richland Hills
Ennis Regional Medical CenterEnnis
Ft. Worth MRI GroupFort Worth
Gateway Diagnostic ImagingNorth Richland Hills
Grapevine Imaging and PainGrapevine
Harris Methodist Fort Worth HospitalFort Worth
Harris Methodist HEB HospitalBedford
Harris Methodist Northwest HospitalAzle
Harris Methodist Southwest HospitalFort Worth
Harris Methodist Walls Regional HospitalCleburne
Healthsouth Medical Center of DallasDallas
Healthtexas Provider Network - ImagingDallas
Horizon DuncanvilleDuncanville
Horizon Fort WorthFort Worth
Horizon Las ColinasIrving
Huguley Memorial Medical CenterBurleson
Irving Coppell Surgical HospitalIrving
John Peter Smith HospitalFort Worth
JPS Diagnostic and Surgery Hospital of ArlingtonArlington
Lake Pointe Medical CenterRowlett
Las Colinas Medical CenterIrving
Las Colinas Open MRIIrving
Mary Shiels HospitalDallas
Mckinney Open MRIMckinney
Medical Center at LancasterLancaster
Medical Center of ArlingtonArlington
Medical Center of LewisvilleLewisville
Medical Center of MckinneyMckinney
Medical Center of PlanoPlano
Medical Centre Surgical HospitalFort Worth
Medical City HospitalDallas
Mesquite Community HospitalMesquite
Methodist Charlton Medical CenterDallas
Methodist Dallas Medical CenterDallas
Metro Imaging CenterGrand Prairie
Metropolitan RadiologyDallas
Monticello Diagnostic Imaging, LPFort Worth
North Hills HospitalNorth Richland Hills
North Star MRI, LLCAllen
North Texas HospitalDenton
Open Imaging of RockwallRockwall
Our Children's House at BaylorDallas
Outpatient Diag Center at Hunters RowMansfield
Parkland Health and Hospital SystemDallas
PET CT Center of RichardsonRichardson
Physicians Stand Up MRIHurst
Pine Creek Medical CenterDallas
Plaza Medical Center of Fort WorthFort Worth
Preferred Imaging at the MedicalDallas
Preferred Imaging of Garland, Ltd.Richardson
Preferred Open MRI, Ltd.Rowlett
Presbyterian Hospital of AllenAllen
Presbyterian Hospital of CommerceCommerce
Presbyterian Hospital of DallasDallas
Presbyterian Hospital of DentonDenton
Presbyterian Hospital of GreenvilleGreenville
Presbyterian Hospital of KaufmanKaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of PlanoPlano
Presbyterian Plano Center for Diagnostic and SurgeryPlano
Prestige Imaging, LLC (NorthCarrollton
Prestonwood Imaging CenterPlano
Prime Diagnostic Imaging of EnnisEnnis
Radiology Assoicates of Tarrant CountyFort Worth
RAMIC Medical ImagingFort Worth
Rca Advanced ImagingDesota
Regency Hospital of Fort WorthFort Worth
Regency Hospital of North DallasCarrollton
RHD Memorial Medical CenterDallas
Richardson Regional Medical CenterRichardson
Socios ImaginingLewisville
Southwest Diagnostic Center for Molecular ImagingDallas
Southwest Diagnostic Imaging CenterDallas
Southwest Imaging and Interventional SpecilasitsFrisco
Southwest Surgical HospitalHurst
TDI Molecular ImagingFort Worth
Texas Diagnostics and SurgeryPlano
Texas Health CareArlington
Texas Health CareFort Worth
The Medical Center of MesquiteMesquite
Touchstone Imaging ArlingtonArlington
Touchstone Imaging DentonDenton
Touchstone Imaging Downtown Fort WorthFort Worth
Touchstone Imaging Flower MoundFlower Mound
Touchstone Imaging GarlandGarland
Touchstone Imaging LewisvilleLewisville
Touchstone Imaging McKinneyMcKinney
Touchstone Imaging MesquiteMesquite
Touchstone Imaging North DallasDallas
Touchstone Imaging Oaktree PlazaDenton
Touchstone Imaging PlanoPlano
Touchstone Imaging RichardsonRichardson
Trinity Medical CenterCarrollton
U S Radiology Partners of TexasCoppell
University Hospital- St.PaulDallas
University Hospital- Zale LipshyDallas
USMD Hospital at ArlingtonArlington
Villiage Imaging CenterPlano
Vista Hospital of DallasGarland
Weatherford Regional Medical CenterWeatherford
Wesley Imaging CenterGreenville
Willowbend Diagnostic ImagingPlano
Wise Regional Health System - East CampusDecatur
Womens DiagnosticPlano

Still feeling overwhelmed? Use our Free Quote Request feature and have providers compete for your business. If you are a provider of MRI services in Dallas and your facility is not listed above, please reach out to us with your facility information and pricing so that you can be added.

Dallas Economy and Healthcare Summary

Shopping around for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure can be confusing, especially when you are faced with all of the provider options in Dallas and the surrounding cities. The population in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is higher than ever, and there are over 140 healthcare facilities in the area ready to meet the growing demand for top-quality, affordable MRIs.

As the growth rate rises and people keep migrating to the Dallas area, the population in the Metroplex is rising at an incredible pace. In fact, Fort Worth had the third-highest population growth in the entire country from 2017 to 2018, according to the U.S. Census. Frisco and McKinny also saw above-average population growth during that time. Plus, Dallas itself remains the ninth most populous city in the United States. There are more people than ever looking for diagnostic imaging services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Fortunately, there are enough providers in the area to give you the freedom to shop around for the best price...but keep in mind that Dallas is expensive when it comes to healthcare cost. So, be sure to shop around and try to find the best possible price.

The Texas Department of Insurance has tried to make healthcare costs more accessible, with a search function that can help you find average MRI rates by region. These numbers can give you an idea of what price you can expect, but MRI procedure costs for specific providers can deviate from average costs by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately, finding the cost of an MRI on your own can be almost impossible. This lack of cost transparency is especially troubling for people who are uninsured or have high-deductible insurance plans and will be paying for most or all of the procedure out-of-pocket. Government cost reports are available but are notoriously difficult to read and understand. You can also try to ask your insurance provider or imaging facility directly for a cost quote, though they aren't always able to help.

That's why we've gathered real cost data from imaging centers and other healthcare facilities around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to find the lowest possible prices for top-quality MRIs. When you can get actual quotes for your MRI procedure, you gain the power to compare different providers and find the best price (without the fear of hidden fees). Let us help you start shopping around and save the most money on your MRI today!

New Choice Health's cost estimates are refreshed periodically. This post was last updated on October 31, 2019 with new data.

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