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

Phoenix, AZ MRI Cost Average $2,000
Washington, DC MRI Cost Average $2,175
Philadelphia, PA MRI Cost Average $2,250
Houston, TX MRI Cost Average $2,025
Miami, FL MRI Cost Average $2,175
Dallas, TX MRI Cost Average $2,000
Chicago, IL MRI Cost Average $2,175
Los Angeles, CA MRI Cost Average $1,950
New York, NY MRI Cost Average $2,475
Atlanta, GA MRI Cost Average $2,100

Specific MRI Procedures and National Cost Averages

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (General MRI) Cost Average $2,475
Brain MRI Cost Average $2,625
Neck MRI Cost Average $3,600
Chest MRI Cost Average $2,850
Breast MRI (One Breast) Cost Average $4,700
Breast MRI (Both Breasts) Cost Average $2,925
Abdominal MRI Cost Average $2,625
MRI Cervical Spine Cost Average $2,100
Pelvic MRI Cost Average $2,550
MRI Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand (Upper Extremity) Cost Average $1,600
MRI Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (Lower Extremity) Cost Average $1,550
MRI of Head Cost Average $1,500
Cardiac MRI Cost Average $3,800
Bone MRI Cost Average $1,250
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Featured Facilities that Perform MRI

Name Location Average List Price
Sanford Vermillion Medical Center Vermillion , SD $5,200
David R Gamez Community Health Center Saginaw , MI $1,900
Open MRI and Southern Oklahoma Ardmore , OK $1,700
Piedmont Diagnostic Radiology Martinsville , VA $1,900
Open MRI of Washington Parish Bogalusa , LA $1,800
The Medical Center at Bowling Green Bowling Green , KY $4,200
Bedford Medical Imaging Center Bedford , NH $2,025
Corning Hospital Corning , NY $3,800
Wheeling Hospital Wheeling , WV $3,200
Amerirad Morgantown , WV $1,750
Peoria Imaging Center Peoria , IL $1,800
Bolivar Medical Center Cleveland , MS $2,700
Covenant Hospital Plainview Plainview , TX $3,100
Assumption Community Hospital Napoleonville , LA $5,700
Mahaska Hospital Oskaloosa , IA $5,200
Minden Medical Center Minden , LA $3,600
Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center Kodiak Island , AK $7,300
Saint Francis Medical Center Breckenridge , MN $5,500
Mcleod Medical Center Dillon Dillon , SC $4,000
Southern Utah MRI Cedar City , UT $1,850
Horizon Columbus Columbus , GA $1,800
North Central Radiology Columbus , NE $1,750
Chester Regional Medical Center Chester , SC $2,775
Ivinson Memorial Hospital Laramie , WY $3,300
Springfield Radiologists Springfield , IL $1,800
MaxMR Imaging - Bellflower Bellflower , CA $1,550
OSF Holy Family Medical Center Monmouth , IL $5,600
MRI and CT Diagnostics Virginia Beach , VA $1,900
Mercy Surgical and Diagnostic Center Merced , CA $2,100
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Honolulu , HI $2,250

More about MRI Procedures

MRI Procedure Introduction

Although there are other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning), the detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other methods. These other methods are usually less expensive but may not be appropriate for your medical testing needs. The decision on the use of an alternative testing method should be based on a discussion with your physician.

There are numerous types of MRIs, each of which are performed in the same manner. Some may need to be performed with contrast (a dye which is injected), without contrast, or with and without contrast. Costs do vary per type of MRI and can be determined through the NewChoiceHealth.com website.

MRI Alternatives

Although there are other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning), the detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other methods. These other methods are usually less expensive but may not be appropriate for your medical testing needs. The decision on the use of an alternative testing method should be based on a discussion with your physician.

MRI Procedure Patient Preparation

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative or request to have the MRI procedure performed in an open-sided MRI machine which may impact the cost of the procedure. All metallic items and items with magnetic strip should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan.

You should tell the technologist if you have metal or electronic medical devices in your body!

What to expect during and after an MRI procedure

Most MRI exams are painless. You will be positioned on the movable examination table. Some patients, however, find it uncomfortable to remain still during MR imaging. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm, but if it bothers you, notify the radiologist or technologist. It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being recorded. MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), each typically a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. The entire examination is usually completed within one hour. If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. It is normal to feel coolness and a flushing for a minute or two when the contrast material is injected. If you have not been sedated, no recovery period is necessary. You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam.

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