It might at first seem strange that we would bring up the high cost of a particular diagnostic imaging service that we offer. After all, most businesses don’t draw attention to the fact that something they offer is, indeed, quite expensive. But there’s one very good reason that why we’ve decided to discuss the cost of this important type of medical imaging: people ask about the cost of MRI scans all the time!
MRI scanning technology isn’t exactly new, but it’s a much newer technology than types of medical scans such as x-rays. X-rays have been used for diagnostic imaging for over a hundred years, but MRIs have only been used since the 1970s. While people seem to accept that x-rays cost a certain amount (often because they get them covered by their insurance during a routine dental visit), the cost of MRI scans can bring to mind questions about why they’re so expensive. But there are some very good reasons why this type of diagnostic imaging costs more than many others. Let’s take a look at the reasons.
The Technology Inside
The amount of technology inside an MRI machine is astounding, and we’re not just talking about the computers and scanners. The magnets are expensive, as are the super-cooling materials inside (cryogen, helium, nitrogen).
Upkeep Is Expensive
The parts inside an MRI machine are under a lot of stress, often due to the jolts of electricity running through them. That means that they are prone to wear and tear on the inside, even if they look good on the outside. Keeping them in-spec means a fair amount of maintenance is required...and such a specialty service is not cheap.
The Space Around It
MRIs are big machines, which means that they require a lot of space. There’s also a lot of support equipment that MRIs require, such as recording equipment and safety features built into the room.
There’s Aren’t Many Providers of MRI Machines
There are only five companies that make MRI machines, and because each has its specialty, there is very little competition between them. Hospitals and digital imaging centers like ours have almost no choice but to pay the high costs of the machines. The higher cost of the machines leads to higher costs of scans. MRI machines cost between $150,000 and $3 million.
They’re High Energy
MRIs draw a lot of energy in a short amount of time. While it’s not like they’re drawing hundreds of dollars with every scan, keeping such a machine up and running takes quite a bit of electricity.
Need An MRI?
We understand that the cost of an MRI can seem like a lot, but considering the cost of the machines and the expertise needed to get it properly read by a radiologist, it can be easy to see why it’s one of the more expensive types of medical scans.
If you are in need of an MRI, we hope you’ll schedule an appointment with Fair Lawn Imaging. We look forward to delivering the best diagnostic imaging services possible.