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How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Mobile MRI?

Posted by Zack Mitchell

Jul 9, 2020 9:15:00 AM

:: 2 minute read ::

Mobile-MRI-Rental-SystemWhether you need to keep scanning during a renovation, test your market for referral traffic, or simply catch some overflow that your current scanner can't handle, renting a mobile MRI could be exactly the solution you're looking for.

And, since this solution has already occurred to you, your next course of action was a quick Google search to find out how much such a thing might cost. Good thinking, you! Keep reading to find the current average costs of renting a mobile MRI, as well as a few other things that you should keep in mind as you enter the process.

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The Variables

There are three factors that will affect the cost of your mobile rental:

  1. The length of your rental term
  2. The type of system you need to rent
    Your location

Rental Term

Generally speaking, the longer your rental term, the lower the amount of each payment. Think of this along the same lines as buying bulk. If you buy the 12-pack of Bounty, each roll costs a whole lot less than if you bought each roll packaged separately, right? It's the same principal with months on a rental term.

System Type

The level of technology you choose to rent will be the other deciding factor in the overall cost of your mobile rental. The pricing will vary from model to model. If you choose a higher-end 70 cm bore system, you can expect to pay significantly more than you would for a system with a standard 60 cm bore.


Rentals typically come with a delivery and pick-up charge to cover the costs of trucking. Your provider will try to find something as close to your location as possible, but costs may vary.

The Prices

Now we get to the part you came here for: the prices. MRI rentals can typically be found anywhere from $18,000 to $45,000 per month. As we mentioned earlier, longer terms and older technology cost less, while shorter terms and newer technology cost more. A wide-bore scanner rented for 3 months, for example, will skew toward the higher end of the range. A standard-bore scanner for 9 months will fall to the lower end.

If you're planning to hold onto a system longer than a year, we suggest you consider a lease with a buy-out. This option reduces your monthly payments even further and allows for ownership at the end of the lease.

Rental not for you? Click here to see our inventory of MRI scanners for sale.


The Extras

The costs above are the averages for having the system through your rental term. On top of those regular payments, almost every rental quote will include some form of the following. Make sure you take these into consideration as you budget for a mobile MRI rental:

Security Deposit

This fee works just like the deposit on renting an apartment. If there are no damages at the end of your rental term, you get the money back. If there are damages, the cost to repair them will be deducted from the deposit.


These charges cover the costs of moving the system to and from your location. If necessary, you can request expedited shipping at an additional charge. Planning and ordering ahead will help you avoid this. Typical transportation fees range between $3,000 and $5,000, though particularly long distances could exceed this range if there is no system availability relatively nearby.

Cleaning Fee

This is usually a small charge to cover the cost of cleaning the trailer and the scanner in preparation for the next renter.

Applications Training (Optional)

If you choose to rent a scanner that your staff is unfamiliar with, you can add applications training to your quote. Training can take anywhere from a couple of days to an entire week, depending on your technicians' level of experience.

Ready to Learn More?

If you're prepared to start the conversation about renting a mobile MRI, we're here to help. We can fill you in on any other questions you might have as well as start building your individual quote- contact us!


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Written by Zack Mitchell

author of blog post

Zack Mitchell is VP of Block Mobile Imaging. His hope is that, by serving imaging facilities as they begin or transition, he can be a part of creating momentum toward incredible healthcare. Out of the office, Zack enjoys time with his wife and sons, mowing the lawn, and supporting Chicago Cubs baseball.

Topics: MRI, Imaging Equipment Rental, Mobile Imaging Equipment

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