On average, an MRI scan costs between Sh16,000 to Sh33,000. At KNH, this services is offered at Sh10,000. Used low-field MRI machines can be bought for as low as Sh15 million and as high as Sh300 million.
What is an MRI scan?
An MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of organs and structures. It is often used to investigate the source of pain in spines, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Should I have an MRI scan? There is no simple answer to this question, but the short answer is, probably not. The large majority of musculoskeletal pain cases (for example, low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain) do not require an MRI.
Normally, a clinical diagnosis will be made by your physiotherapist (or other appropriate specialist) after examination, and a subsequent treatment plan is required to get you back to where you want to be.
Does an MRI scan guide treatment? An MRI scan rarely changes the course of treatment for most back pains or joint pains. The first line of treatment is usually conservative and this will successfully treat the vast majority of the problems — through exercise, activity management and non-invasive treatments.