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We are PayPal certified and have been in business for more than 12 years. We are a third-party consumer advocacy program that helps people with no insurance or high deductibles obtain the lowest imaging center self-pay, cash prices. We have contracts with 2,800 quality imaging center locations nationwide. We get a volume-based wholesale discount rate whereas most individuals are required to pay higher retail rates. There are no other fees above the quoted price, and all quotes include our small referral fee and the radiologist reading.
Prices are location specific. In general, due to increased competition, we are able to get lower prices in higher population areas. Thus, our lowest prices are available in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Seattle, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Orange County, Northern California, Little Rock, Atlanta, Columbia, St Paul, Perth Amboy, Nashville, Fort Worth, Fairfax and many more. The highest prices are in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Maine, Montana, North & South Dakota etc.
National price range for a basic MRI no contrast is from $585 - $2,175
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Alabama MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $605
ARIZONA LOWEST COST MRI $380
Arizona MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $605
ARKANSAS LOWEST COST MRI $545
Arkansas MRI no contrast
price range $545
California MRI no contrast price range
$350 - $570
Colorado MRI no contrast price range
$630 - $730
CONNECTICUT LOWEST COST MRI $830
Connecticut MRI no contrast price $830
DELAWARE LOWEST COST MRI $755
Delaware MRI no contrast price $755
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA LOWEST COST MRI
District of Columbia MRI no contrast
FLORIDA LOWEST COST MRI $360
Florida MRI no contrast price range
$360 - $520
Georgia MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $580
Illinois MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $660
INDIANA LOWEST COST MRI $435
Indiana MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $955
IOWA LOWEST COST MRI $830
Iowa MRI no contrast price $830
KANSAS LOWEST COST MRI $510
Kansas MRI no contrast price range $510-$830
KENTUCKY LOWEST COST MRI $435
Kentucky MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $650
LOUISIANA LOWEST COST MRI $430
Louisiana MRI no contrast price range
$430 - $730
MARYLAND LOWEST COST MRI $380
Maryland MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $630
MASSACHUSETTS LOWEST COST MRI $580
Massachusetts MRI no contrast price
MICHIGAN LOWEST COST MRI $560
Michigan MRI no contrast price range
MINNESOTA LOWEST COST MRI $435
Minnesota MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $905
MISSISSIPPI LOWEST COST MRI $830
Mississippi MRI no contrast price $830
MISSOURI LOWEST COST MRI $380
Missouri MRI no contrast price
MONTANA LOWEST COST MRI $955
Montana MRI no contrast price $955
NEBRASKA LOWEST COST MRI $435
Nebraska MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $930
NEVADA LOWEST COST MRI $380
Nevada MRI no contrast price range $380
NEW JERSEY LOWEST COST MRI $380
New Jersey MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $565
New Mexico MRI no contrast price $830
New York MRI no contrast price range
$360 - $580
NORTH CAROLINA LOWEST COST MRI $830
North Carolina MRI no contrast price
Ohio MRI no contrast price range $380
OKLAHOMA LOWEST COST MRI $510
Oklahoma MRI no contrast price range
$510 - $855
OREGON LOWEST COST MRI $485
Oregon MRI no contrast price $485-$970
PENNSYLVANIA LOWEST COST MRI $460
Pennsylvania MRI no contrast price
range $460 - $550
RHODE ISLAND LOWEST COST MRI $680
Rhode Island MRI no contrast price $680
SOUTH CAROLINA LOWEST PRICE MRI $510
TENNESSEE LOWEST COST MRI $435
Tennessee MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $655
TEXAS LOWEST COST MRI $380
Texas MRI no contrast price range $380
UTAH LOWEST COST MRI $730
Utah MRI's starting at $730 . Utah CT Scans starting $445
Utah MRI no contrast price $730
VERMONT LOWEST COST MRI $830
Vermont MRI no contrast price $830
Virginia MRI no contrast price range
$560 - $780
Washington MRI no contrast price range
$380 - $755
WEST VIRGINIA LOWEST COST MRI $670
West Virginia MRI no contrast price
WISCONSIN LOWEST COST MRI $435
Wisconsin MRI no contrast price range
$435 - $820
Multiple MRI Locations Nationwide
All prices include the radiologist reading. There are NO other costs. No specific addresses nor phone numbers are given because you need to schedule through us to get the lower, discounted cash price. To schedule, you MUST HAVE A DOCTOR REFERRAL!! Once you have your doctor referral, call us toll free 888-550-8895.
If your area is not listed below,
CHEAP ARIZONA MRI
Phoenix, Arizona MRI starting at $380 without contrast
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Cheap Los Angeles County, California MRI
Los Angeles County, California MRI starting at $380 without
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Orange County, California MRI starting at $380 without contrast
Cheap San Diego area, California MRI
San Diego area, California MRI starting at $380 without contrast
Cheap San Francisco area, California MRI
San Francisco area, California MRI starting at $380 without
Cheap Northern California MRI
Northern California area, MRI starting at $380 without contrast
Cheap Riverside County, California MRI
Riverside County, California MRI starting at $360 without
Cheap San Bernardino County, California MRI
San Bernardino, County, California MRI starting at $380 without
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Florida MRI starting at $360 without contrast
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Georgia MRI starting at $460 without contrast
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Chicago area, Illinois MRI starting at $460 without contrast
CHEAP INDIANA MRI
Indiana MRI $460 without contrast
CHEAP KENTUCKY MRI
Kentucky MRI $460 without contrast
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Minnesota MRI starting at $430 without contrast
CHEAP MISSOURI MRI
Kentucky MRI $460 without contrast
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Las Vegas, Nevada MRI $460 without contrast
CHEAP NEW JERSEY MRI
New Jersey MRI $380 without contrast
CHEAP NEW YORK MRI
New York City, NY MRI $360 without contrast
CHEAP OHIO MRI
Ohio MRI $560 without contrast
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MRI $460 without contrast
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Tennessee MRI $485 without contrast
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Texas MRI $380 without contrast
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Virginia MRI $560 without contrast
What is MRI of the Body?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).
What are some common uses of the procedure?
MR imaging of the body is performed to evaluate:
Physicians use the MR examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
How should I prepare for the procedure?
You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing if it is loose-fitting and has no metal fasteners.
Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary with the specific exam and also with the facility. For some types of exams, you will be asked to fast for 8-12 hours. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
Some MRI examinations may require the patient to swallow contrast material or receive an injection of contrast into the bloodstream. The radiologist or technologist may ask if you have allergies of any kind, such as allergy to iodine or x-ray contrast material, drugs, food, the environment, or asthma. However, the contrast material used for an MRI exam, called gadolinium, does not contain iodine and is less likely to cause side effects or an allergic reaction.
The radiologist should also know if you have any serious health problems or if you have recently had surgery. Some conditions, such as severe kidney disease may prevent you from being given contrast material for an MRI.
Women should always inform their physician or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. MRI has been used for scanning patients since the 1980's with no reports of any ill effects on pregnant women or their babies. However, because the baby will be in a strong magnetic field, pregnant women should not have this exam unless the potential benefit from the MRI is assumed to outweigh the potential risks.
If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative.
Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Because they can interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit, metal and electronic objects are not allowed in the exam room. These items include:
In most cases, an MRI exam is safe for patients with metal implants, except for a few types. People with the following implants cannot be scanned and should not enter the MRI scanning area unless explicitly instructed to do so by a radiologist or technologist who is aware of the presence of any of the following:
You should tell the technologist if you have medical or electronic devices in your body, because they may interfere with the exam or potentially pose a risk, depending on their nature and the strength of the MRI magnet. Examples include but are not limited to:
In general, metal objects used in orthopedic surgery pose no risk during MRI. However, a recently placed artificial joint may require the use of another imaging procedure. If there is any question of their presence, an x-ray may be taken to detect the presence of and identify any metal objects. Patients who might have metal objects in certain parts of their bodies may also require an x-ray prior to an MRI. Dyes used in tattoos may contain iron and could heat up during MRI, but this is rarely a problem. Tooth fillings and braces usually are not affected by the magnetic field but they may distort images of the facial area or brain, so the radiologist should be aware of them.
What does the equipment look like?
The traditional MRI unit is a large cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a circular magnet. You will lie on a moveable examination table that slides into the center of the magnet.
Some MRI units, called short-bore systems, are designed so that the magnet does not completely surround you; others are open on the sides ("low-strength" open MRI). These units are especially helpful for examining patients who are fearful of being in a closed space and for those who are very obese. Newer open MRI units provide very high quality images for many types of exams; however, open MRI units with older magnets may not provide this same quality. Certain types of exams cannot be performed using open MRI. For more information, consult your doctor. The computer workstation that processes the imaging information is located in a separate room than the scanner.
How does the procedure work?
Unlike conventional x-ray examinations and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRI does not depend on ionizing radiation. Instead, while in the magnet, radio waves redirect the axes of spinning protons, which are the nuclei of hydrogen atoms, in a strong magnetic field. The magnetic field is produced by passing an electric current through wire coils in most MRI units. Other coils, located in the machine and in some cases, placed around the part of the body being imaged, send and receive radio waves, producing signals that are detected by the coils. A computer then processes the signals and generates a series of images each of which shows a thin slice of the body. The images can then be studied from different angles by the interpreting physician. Overall, the differentiation of abnormal (diseased) tissue from normal tissues is often better with MRI than with other imaging modalities such as x-ray, CT and ultrasound.
How is the procedure performed?
MRI examinations may be performed on outpatients or inpatients. You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging.
Small devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
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. A saline solution may be used. The solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV line until the contrast material is injected.
You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the radiologist and technologist will leave the room while the MRI examination is performed.
If a contrast material is used during the examination, it will be injected into the intravenous line (IV) after an initial series of scans. Additional series of images will be taken during or following the injection.
When the examination is completed, you may be asked to wait until the technologist or radiologist checks the images in case additional images are needed.
Your intravenous line will be removed.
MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), some of which may last several minutes.
Depending on the type of exam and the equipment used, the entire exam is usually completed in 15 to 45 minutes.
MR spectroscopy, which provides additional information on the chemicals present in the body's cells, may also be performed during the MRI exam and may add approximately 15 minutes to the exam time.
What will I experience during and after the procedure?
Most MRI exams are painless.
Some patients, however, find it uncomfortable to remain still during MR imaging. Others experience a sense of being closed-in (claustrophobia). Therefore, sedation can be arranged for those patients who anticipate anxiety, but fewer than one in 20 require it.
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, which is typically only a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. For some types of exams, you may be asked to hold your breath. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated. You will be able to relax between imaging sequences, but will be asked to maintain your position as much as possible.
You will usually be alone in the exam room during the MRI procedure. However, the technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times using a two-way intercom. Many MRI centers allow a friend or parent to stay in the room as long as they are also screened for safety in the magnetic environment.
You may be offered or you may request earplugs to reduce the noise of the MRI scanner, which produces loud thumping and humming noises during imaging. MRI scanners are air-conditioned and well-lit. Some scanners have music to help you pass the time.
When the contrast material is injected, it is normal to feel coolness and a flushing sensation for a minute or two. The intravenous needle may cause you some discomfort when it is inserted and once it is removed, you may experience some bruising. There is also a very small chance of irritation of your skin at the site of the IV tube insertion.
If you have not been sedated, no recovery period is necessary. You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam. A few patients experience side effects from the contrast material, including nausea and local pain. Very rarely, patients are allergic to the contrast material and experience hives, itchy eyes or other reactions. If you experience allergic symptoms, a radiologist or other physician will be available for immediate assistance.
Manufacturers of intravenous contrast indicate mothers should not breast feed their babies for 24–48 hours after contrast medium is given. However, both the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the European Society of Urogenital Radiology note that the available data suggest that it is safe to continue breast-feeding after receiving intravenous contrast. The Manual on Contrast Media from the ACR states:
For further information please consult the ACR Manual on Contrast Media, Version 6, 2008, and its references. You may find it on the ACR Website (http://www.acr.org/contrast-manual).
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will share the results with you.
What are the benefits vs. risks?
What are the limitations of MRI of the Body?
High-quality images are assured only if you are able to remain perfectly still or hold your breath, if requested to do so, while the images are being recorded. If you are anxious, confused or in severe pain, you may find it difficult to lie still during imaging. A person who is very large may not fit into the opening of a conventional MRI machine.
The presence of an implant or other metallic object sometimes makes it difficult to obtain clear images and patient movement can have the same effect.
Breathing may cause artifacts, or image distortions, during MRIs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Bowel motion is another source of motion artifacts in abdomen and pelvic MRI studies. This is less of a problem with state-of-the art scanners and techniques.
Although there is no reason to believe that magnetic resonance imaging harms the fetus, pregnant women usually are advised not to have an MRI exam unless medically necessary.
MRI may not always distinguish between cancer tissue and edema fluid.
MRI typically costs more and may take more time to perform than other imaging modalities.
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