View from outside the room of patient before going into MRI machine for her scan.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic technique used to create images of the body like a CT. It is non-invasive (It does not enter the body cavity) and requires no radiation, instead it is based on the magnetic fields of the hydrogen atoms in the body.
During the MRI, the patient will be required to lie on the back (or rarely, lie on the tummy) on a table. The table will then be pushed into the bore of the magnet. The patient needs to keep still as the scan is very sensitive to movement. The procedure lasts an average of 20 minutes.
Most MRIs are typically covered by health insurance when deemed medically necessary. If deductibles are met, typical out-of-pocket cost consists of copays of $20-$100 for the doctor visit and for the procedure.