What does the price of an MRI depend on?

The  price of MRI  is one of the most frequent doubts since it is also one of the most requested tests by doctors today. The price of the MRI  depends on the number of zones it covers and the quality of the resonance . Likewise, when considering the price of magnetic resonance imaging, we must take into account the advantages and disadvantages it has compared to other diagnostic tests. Let’s see in detail all these elements that influence the price of MRI.

What is the price of an MRI?

The first thing you should keep in mind is that  MRI  is a diagnostic test that is always performed under medical prescription, that is, it must be ordered by a specialist. It is a safe test that does not cause any discomfort since it uses radio waves and magnets to create images of the part of the body that we need. It provides clear and sharp information on the key organs and structures of the human body. 

The price of an MRI depends on several factors, including the center where you perform the test. Prices can vary from €150 to €500 depending on which center you decide to do it. At ClinicPoint we work with reference centers where you will findMRIs at a very competitive price . 

The price of the MRI may also depend on whether the MRI is performed in a closed or open space (in the case of people who suffer from claustrophobia or are overweight), if it has high musculoskeletal accuracy , if it is a High Field (cerebral, neck, abdomen or spine), if it is joint or double high precision . As long as it is of greater precision or more than one area, the prices of the MRI will be higher. 

When considering an MRI, and its price, you must take into account the duration of the test, which is usually between 30 and 60 minutes. To perform it, a medical prescription is necessary.and fast for 6 hours before the test and not bring any metal to the session, such as jewelry. 

  • Breast MRI  allows a detailed view of the breasts It is usually requested as a preventive and routine measure, but also in preparation for an intervention.
  • Cranial MRI  is the most indicated test to see detailed images of the brain and is used to diagnose abnormalities or diseases or also to rule them out.
  • Joint MRI  is the one that allows you to view detailed images of joints, muscles and tissues It is usually requested in the case of joint pain that does not improve with treatment or accumulated fluid in the joint, for example.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine  is the one that allows visualizing bones, discs and all the structures of the lower back. It is indicated if there are back problems generated by the bones, soft tissues, nerves or discs.
  • Abdominal MRI  allows checking the quality of blood flow in the area and visualizing all the elements of the abdomen.
  • Cardiac MRI allows the function and structure of the heart to be studied in a single exploration It is indicated for the study of congenital heart disease, ventricular function, among others.
  • Prostate MRI allows visualization of structures within the prostate and is very useful in diagnosing infection, congenital abnormalities, or tumors .

What are the advantages of magnetic resonance imaging as a diagnostic test? 

In general, it is a test in which the advantages predominate, since it does not use radiation or have adverse effects . It allows to visualize very small structures thanks to the high resolution it offers but also full-body images. On the other hand, it obtains images of different planes, information on the metabolism and composition of the tissues. Another of its qualities is that it allows vascular studies to be carried out without the need for contrast .

Magnetic resonance imaging offers many advantages, although it also has some disadvantages. For example, the time to perform the test is quite long, from 30 to 60 minutes.And you have to be very still. In the case of children or people who cannot control their movements, sedation is necessary. Although there are no known adverse effects of the magnetic field, it is not recommended to perform it in pregnant women of less than 12 weeks of gestation. It is also not possible to perform an MRI on people with pacemakers, some implants, or brain clips, since metals do not allow the results to be viewed correctly .