|Metro Area||Low end price||High end price|
|Atlanta, GA MRI Price Average||$550||$1400|
|Chicago, IL MRI Price Average||$575||$1500|
|Dallas, TX MRI Price Average||$500||$1300|
|Houston, TX MRI Price Average||$525||$1400|
|Los Angeles, CA MRI Price Average||$460||$1200|
|Miami, FL MRI Price Average||$550||$1450|
|Washington, DC MRI Price Average||$550||$1400|
|New York, NY MRI Price Average||$625||$1600|
|Philadelphia, PA MRI Price Average||$575||$1500|
|Phoenix, AZ MRI Price Average||$525||$1350|
Facts about MRIs
MRI scanners (Magnetic resonance imaging) utilize a combination of technology which includes the use of radio waves, an extremely powerful magnet and computer software to produce MRI scans. MRI scans provide three dimensional images of organs, soft tissues, bone and practically all other internal body structures. The MRI pictures are examined on a computer monitor and typically provided to the patient on a CD-rom. MRI scans do not omit radiation and are noninvasive.
Side Effects of MRIs
Some patients experience claustrophobia while undergoing an MRI scan. Depending on the type of MRI scanner, the space in which patients are positioned can be small. Also, patients are supposed to lie as still as possible during the scan. Any patient who is equipped with a pacemaker, metal spinal implants or other metal chips/clips cannot undergo an MRI scan.
In addition to those with implants, patients who have the following should not enter an MRI machine:
- vagus nerve stimulators
- implantable cardioverter- defibrillators
- loop recorders
- insulin pumps
- cochlear implants
- deep brain stimulators
- capsules from capsule endoscopy
Preparing for an MRI scan
Arrive at our facility at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to ensure that you fill out all the necessary paperwork. If you are paying cash for your MRI you will be required to pay for your scan prior to undergoing the test. Unless you are given specific instructions, you may eat and drink before your MRI. If possible, dress comfortably and leave all metallic items at home.
Please notify the technologist on staff if you have any metal objects before entering the MRI machine!
If an MRI with contrast has been ordered our technologist with insert an IV using a radiocontrast agent. Contrast is a dye material known as Gadolinium contrast media which enhances the MRI scan. Most patients don’t notice any sensations although sometimes patients experience a cool or flushing feeling as the contrast enters the bloodstream.
What to Expect During Your MRI
Before your MRI scan begins you will be asked to enter a dressing room and change from your street clothes to scrubs. Next you will be asked to lie on a bed that slides into the circular magnet. In cases where patients experience anxiety or claustrophobia, a mild sedative may be prescribed.
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.
After Your MRI
There is typically no recovery period after an MRI, unless you have been prescribed a sedative. If your MRI included contrast media your body should pass the agent within 24 hours.
When is an MRI used?
An MRI of the spine is used as a tool to diagnose an area of pain or injury. The images allow a physician to look inside the body and evaluate symptoms reported by patients.
MRIs of the spine are useful for diagnosing:
- Failed spine surgery syndrom
- Degeneration of the spine
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Spinal Stenosis and more