How Much Does an MRI Cost?

How Much Does an MRI Cost?

The average MRI scan on costs between $430.00 and $600. Prices vary by location based on what part of the body is being scanned, if the procedure requires contrast and if the provider charges extra for contrast.

Fun Fact: over 26 million MRI scans are performed each costing about 18 billion dollars.  Insurance covers much of this cost, but because of the increase in major medical plans with high deductibles and co-pays, Americans are paying out of pocket for healthcare like never before.  And that doesn’t even account for the 47 million who are without health insurance that have to pay in full.
One of the major issues with healthcare is that most often, the cost of a procedure is unknown until after the procedure is completed and billed.  How is this possible?  If we are buying a new air conditioner, we get several different quotes and know the cost up front before installation.  Why shouldn’t this same method of consumerism be applied to healthcare?
At Save On Medical, we make it easy.  You are not just a patient in need of an MRI scan, you are a consumer who has a budget and needs to know the cost of your pending procedure.  So first, we will show you what some of the procedures on our website cost up front with no hidden fees or additional charges.  Next, we will show you how our prices compare to some more expensive locations.
Here you can view the prices of some select MRI scans at an imaging center in Mississippi: MRI Scan Costs  *Prices include imaging procedure, contrast solution/dye injection, and radiologist reading.
Now, let’s look at the approximate cost for an MRI procedure performed at a hospital.  A recent study by called five different hospitals and asked how much a brain MRI with contrast would cost.  Here’s what they found:

  • Two of the hospitals did not know the cost.
  • The price range at three hospitals ranged from $1,750 – $2,200.
  • One of the hospitals offered a 10% discount if paid in full.
  • One of the hospitals only offered to split the payments in half.
  • One of the hospitals wouldn’t provide a discount over the phone and asked that they speak to the radiology department in person.

This goes to show that often times, an outpatient imaging center is the affordable choice for MRI scans.
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