The Cost of MRI Scan in Nigeria Today (June, 2024)

One of the newly medical technology in Nigeria is MRI Scanning Technology. This technological advancement is used for imaging in medicine. This is friendlier than X-ray scans and CT scans. It is even more detailed, as it shows the internal structural makeup of the human body.

cost of MRI scan in Nigeria

MRI is an acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.MRI scanning has become a household technology in Nigeria; it is in the wake of this that we would be providing the current cost of MRI scan in Nigeria today.


The MRI scan are of different types. These types depend on the prices and procedures carried out. It would be important to note that MRI scans are pretty expensive in Nigeria. It is rarely available in the majority of the clinics and hospitals. On the contrary, their imaging counterparts like the X-ray and CT scan are readily available.  The cost of an MRI scan in Nigeria depends largely on the clinic or hospital where the scan is to be carried out. Like I stated earlier, there are so many types of MRI scan, and amongst all the types, the full-body scan is the most common type of scan that is usually carried out. It is also the most expensive of all the types of MRI scans.

In a very simple breakdown, we would be looking at the price of different types of MRI scan in Nigeria.

Type of MRI Scan Price of MRI Scan in Nigeria
Cranial MRI

Full-Body MRI

₦50, 000 – ₦80, 000

₦200, 000 – ₦800, 000

Cervical spine MRI ₦50, 000 – ₦80, 000
Thoracic spine MRI ₦50, 000 – ₦80, 000
Lumbosacral MRI ₦50, 000 – ₦80, 000

The variation in the cost stated above largely depends on a lot of factors, with the facility where the scan is being conducted is one o them.


The MRI scan is an imaging procedure that makes uses of radiation and magnetism to produce images of the body’s internal structures. The makeup of the MRI scan is like a tube that has a big circular magnet within it. The patient is placed accordingly in a portable bed inside the tube.

The MRI scan now generates a strong electromagnetic field that then transmits into a beam of radio waves. The MRI scan is an example of technology that transforms one form of energy into another. We are looking are changing transmitting electromagnetic energy to light energy.

When the radio waves hit the body of the patient to be scanned, it would spin the protons in the body and give off a dim signal. This is how imaging with the MRI scan works. The MRI scan is primarily used as an apparatus for investigating the internal structure of the body, in sickens or in health.

The images produced by the MRI scan always have a very clear resolution. In cases whereby a brighter resolution is needed contrast agents like gadolinium is often tomes used. This makes the image to be brighter and more accurate.


The MRI scan has a lot of uses in the world of medical technology. It can accurately depict diseases without interrupting the chemistry of the body.

It is always the last resort, should other disease investigative measures fail. In diagnosis, MRI is usually the most preferred option when the doctor does not want to follow an approach that would alter the body chemistry of the patient.

For example, one can deduct a lot of assumptions when faced with a patient with a serious head injury. A doctor can diagnose such patient with bleeding or swelling, whereas the major problem is trauma. MRI scans do a good job of resolving diagnosis dilemmas. Other mal-medical conditions that can be discovered by the MRI scan include stroke, brain tumours, irritation of the spine, brain aneurysms.

In the field of neurosurgery, most brain surgeons use the MRI scan to study the outline of the inner structure of the brain. Also when trying to investigate the invertebrate and vertebrae discs of the spine, the MRI comes into play.

In forensics study, like in crime investigations, MRI scans can be used to determine the cause of death.


The most asked question about MRI scan is related to its harmfulness. Let me announce to you that MRI scanning technology is a pain-free tech. it is better than X-ray scanning that can cause cancer onset. X-ray scans have the ability the damage cells and provoke agents in cells known as oncogenes. Oncogenes transmit information encoded in their protein structure that makes cells to divide and without control.

As far as I know, and as far has research hs indicated, MRI scans have no side effects. It is the best Imaging technology in the world right now.

The challenge of the MRI scan is actually conditional. If you have a metallic object in your body, the images would not come out with accuracy. So it is important that you tell the medical personnel that you have a metallic object in your body before they proceed with the MRI scanning.

Some of these metallic materials can range from bone plates to metallic chips and other similar metallic materials. As stated earlier, they can distort the images taken by the MRI scanner.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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