Average Cost Of MRI Scan In South Africa

What is MRI Scan?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.


Average Cost Of MRI Scan In South Africa

However, when there is the correct indication and appropriate referral from a specialist, many Medical Aids will cover the cost. Cash-paying patients will pay between R4500 and R10000 per scan depending on the type of scan and the need for specialized contrast.

How long do MRI results take in South Africa?

These examinations require interpretation from a Specialist Radiologist that may take any time between a few hours up to 24 hours for complex studies. Once this is completed, your report will be sent to your referring doctor.

What are the side effects of an MRI scan?

The magnetic fields that change with time create loud knocking noises which may harm hearing if adequate ear protection is not used. They may also cause peripheral muscle or nerve stimulation that may feel like a twitching sensation. The radiofrequency energy used during the MRI scan could lead to heating of the body.

Can you open your eyes during MRI?

They could interfere with the magnetic fields of the radio waves used in the scan, causing inaccurate images or even damage to the patient. So, for now, doctors generally recommend that patients close their eyes during an MRI scan.

Do you have to take your clothes off for an MRI?

You will be asked to remove any clothing containing metal and all jewelry. You will be provided metal-free clothing to change into such as a gown, shorts, or pants. Lockers are available to safely store all personal items such as wallets, purses, keys, phones, and other electronic devices.

How long does an MRI last?

Most types of MRIs take aboutĀ 15 to 90 minutesĀ to complete. In some cases, your MRI might be shorter or longer. The part of your body getting scanned and the number of images needed to play a role in determining how long the MRI will take.