How Much Does a Lumbar MRI Cost?

An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a painless, non-invasive, and safe medical procedure that helps physicians identify and treat medical conditions.  It uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to come up with a detailed three-dimensional picture of the lumbar spine, which includes the disks, bones, and almost all other internal body structures.  Unlike a CAT scan or CT scan, an MRI does not use radiation.

Sometimes, an MRI is conducted to evaluate the anatomy of the lumbar spine to serve as a guide in the planning for surgery on the spine or to observe the changes in the spine after an operation.  A lumbar MRI may also be used to determine the problem with the back in the first place.

A lumbar spine MRI is helpful when analyzing lower back pain, leg pain, leg tingling, a lower spine injury, signs of cancer or prior to a lower back surgery procedure.

MRI, July 1, 2010 by gruntzooki, on Flickr
MRI, July 1, 2010” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by gruntzooki

How much does a lumbar MRI cost?

Geographical LocationPrice Quoted
Maine$1,250 IF you paid in advance with cash
New Jersey$700
New York$1,650
North Carolina$550

NOTE:  These are prices for those who don’t have insurance and no contrast is involved.

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