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Save as much as 60% on your MRI.

Healthcare is expensive. Ask your doctor for Shields.

As a specialty outpatient provider, our costs are low and our expertise in MRI remains unmatched. This gives our patients the peace of mind to focus on what really matters: better health.

With more than 30 locations across New England, there's a Shields nearby.

What to Expect

Shields’ laser focus on imaging means more efficiency, and that translates into savings for our patients.  As a specialty outpatient provider, our costs are low and our expertise in MRI and PET/CT remains unmatched.

cutting-edge, advanced technology

Shields uses only the top-tier MRI equipment from GE, Siemens, and Philips, the leading manufacturers for advanced imaging technology. In fact, we have more 1.5T & 3T open-bore MRI machines than any other provider in Massachusetts.

complete pricing transparency

Shields allows you to calculate your out-of-pocket costs and understand your savings. We have a full patient financial services team ready to help you understand your costs before your appointment.  Just call us 1-800-258-4674.

Upfront out-of-pocket costs

With Shields price calculator, you can get the exact estimate of what you'll pay for your MRI including co-pay, deductible or coinsurance.

Leader in MRI

Frequently Asked Questions

Shields’ laser focus on imaging means more efficiency, and that translates into savings for our patients. Hospitals offer multiple service lines with high overhead costs that often filter down into the price for your imaging. As a specialty outpatient provider, our costs are low and our expertise in MRI and PET/CT remains unmatched. It’s a model that grants our patients the peace of mind to focus on what really matters: better health.

Want more information? We've written a whole blog article about it: The question everyone asks: Why does Shields MRI cost so much less?

There are many factors that weigh into the price of your MRI including the part of the body you are having scanned and whether or not you need contrast agent. Additionally, not all locations are billed the same way. 

You will likely receive one “global” bill from Shields that includes the technical cost of the scan and the radiologist reading charge. At some locations, the radiologist charge may be billed separately. The price will be just about the same, but one bill will be from Shields for the technical scan and one will be from the local radiologist for the reading.

We know that our pricing is a lot lower than most hospitals - as much as 60%!

You should feel great about your choice to have an MRI at Shields, and we encourage you to compare our value to other providers. There are some questions you should ask all providers as you look around for an MRI, and Shields has created a comparison chart for you.


Yes! We understand the financial burden of healthcare bills can be overwhelming and offer payment options to help. 

For patients on a high-deductible health plan or without insurance coverage, Shields offers financing options through Care Credit (for MRI and PET/CT) and ClearBalance (for Radiation Oncology).

Shields Health Care Group is approved for most major insurance carriers and health plans. We recommend that our patients contact their insurance plan and/or human resources department prior to the visit for a full explanation of benefits coverage. 

We are tiered as the low cost, high quality provider for all health plans in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 

Looking for your out-of-pocket costs?

We want you to be completely prepared for your MRI—and that includes knowing what you will be charged. Our price calculator provides a personalized estimate of your financial responsibility will be based on your insurance and scan information.

Here's what you need to do:

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Have the MRI scan type or your procedure’s ordering code, also known as a CPT code (including whether or not you need contrast).

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The Shields Experience

At Shields, we're all about value for our patients. The best quality at the best price. Here's what our patients can expect at Shields.

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Worcester – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial – University Campus

55 North Lake Avenue, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

Worcester – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial – Memorial Campus

119 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01604, USA

Topsham, ME – Shields Imaging at Topsham Outpatient Care Center

105 Topsham Fair Mall Road, Topsham, ME, USA

Portsmouth – Shields MRI Portsmouth

Shields MRI Portsmouth, 1900 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, N.H. 03801, USA

Palmer – Shields MRI at Wing Hospital

40 Wright St., Palmer, MA 01069-1138

New Bedford – Shields MRI at St. Luke’s Hospital

361 Allen St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

Marlborough – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial Marlborough Hospital

157 Union St, Marlborough, MA 01752, USA

Lowell – Shields MRI at Lowell General – Saints Campus

1 Hospital Dr., Lowell, MA 01854

Leominster – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital Leominster

100 Hospital Rd., Suite 1A Leominster, MA 01453

Greenfield – Shields MRI at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

164 High St, Greenfield, MA 01301, USA

Dedham – Shields MRI Dedham

40 Allied Dr, Dedham, MA 02026, USA

Chelmsford – Shields MRI at Lowell General Chelmsford

10 Research Pl, North Chelmsford, MA 01863, USA

Worcester – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial – Shrewsbury St.

214 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA, USA

Framingham – Shields MRI Framingham

14 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA, USA

Boston – Tufts Medical Center & Shields MRI – Dorchester/Milton

161 Granite Ave, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Springfield – Shields Health and Baystate Health – Wason Ave

80 Wason Ave, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Yarmouth – Cape Cod MRI Yarmouth

2 Iyannough Rd, West Yarmouth, MA, USA

Wellesley – Shields MRI Wellesley

54 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA, USA

Lowell – Shields MRI at Lowell General Hospital

295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA, USA

Dartmouth – Shields MRI Dartmouth

313 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA, USA

Boston – Shields MRI Brighton

385 Western Avenue, Brighton, MA, USA

Woburn – Winchester Hospital-Shields MRI at Unicorn Park

200 Unicorn Park Drive, Woburn, MA, USA

Weymouth – Shields MRI Weymouth

26 Rockway Avenue, Weymouth, MA, USA

Newburyport – Shields MRI & PET/CT at Anna Jaques Hospital

25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA, USA

Brockton – Shields MRI Brockton

265 Westgate Dr, Brockton, MA 02301

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