MRI costs range from $350 to $1,892 for cash paying patients at facilities publishing prices openly on our site. Cost depends most frequently on which body part the MRI is for and whether the image is with contrast, without contrast, or both.

MRI prices on our site usually include 1) physician costs (supervision, interpretation, and possibly a written report - often termed professional fees) and 2) facility costs (facility, equipment, supplies, personnel, etc. - often termed technical fees). Sometimes the combined rate is called a "global rate". Be sure to look for information on provider pages about what is included. It's also a good idea to talk to providers over the phone, not only to verify what a listed price represents, but also because most providers have additional services and information on pricing and payment that's not listed on their pages.

If you aren't careful, you could end up paying $3,000 to $8,000 or more for an MRI. The highest rates are usually at hospitals and other larger facilities, which can have very high "list" prices and offer discounts only to insurers and street-smart cash payers. There's no need to get caught paying outlandish rates if you ask about pricing and payment beforehand.

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) creates detailed images of organs and tissues in the body using a magnetic field and radio waves.

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