The average cost of magnetic resonance imagine, or MRI, as of 2014, is $2,600 before insurance coverage is considered, according to Time magazine. The cost, however, varies widely depending on location. NerdWallet notes that the cheapest brain scan in the United States is in Vancouver, Washington at a cost of $209, and the cheapest abdomen and chest MRIs in the country are in New York at a cost of $250 and $215, respectively.
The most expensive brain MRI in the country is $5,560 in Bronx, New York, which is a big difference from that $209 MRI in Washington state. Interestingly, Tacoma, Wash., is home to the most expensive abdominal MRI with a price of $5,949. Rathway, N.J., has the most expensive chest MRI in the country at a cost of $5,200.