What is the cost of an MRI?
The cost of an MRI study can range from $300 to $10000. There is
a huge difference in the cost of an MRI study across the country
and even city to city. In addition to pricing being very different
throughout a region, pricing is also affected by the MRI clinic
that you decide to use.
When your doctor orders an MRI, he/she may give you a referral
to an MRI clinic in the hospital they are affiliated with an
independent MRI facility. The hospital MRI's are usually 4-5 times
as expensive as the independent imaging center with no difference
in the quality of the scan on most occasions.
I found a center in the Milwaukee market that charges everyone
the same price of just $600 for any MRI, no matter what insurance
you have. I used them and my doctor was very happy with not only
the quality of the scan and radiology reads, but also with the
professionalism of the clinic. The name of the MRI Milwaukee Clinic
was Smart Choice MRI (www.SmartChoiceMRI.com).
Although Smart Choice MRI has a transparent pricing model where
every patient knows how much they are going to be charged, this is
very rare across the country and so I would always suggest calling
your insurance company and the imaging center you choose to figure
out how much the MRI exam is going to cost.
In the Portland and Seattle, you can check out Sprig Health for
the cost and description of MRI procedures at a few locations in
town (https://www.sprighealth.com/site/all-services). Currently the
prices seem to range from $485 to $1190 for MRI with and without