How Much Does a CT Scan Cost Without Insurance?
On average, in the US, CT scans can cost anywhere from $300-$3,280 without insurance. A CT scan, computerized tomography, is a medical scan used primarily for diagnostic purposes. A doctor can perform this scan for nearly every body part to help reach a diagnosis. CT scan costs can vary based on the body part being examined. Additional costs include whether or not the scan is with or without contrast.
The Cost of a CT Scan
The cost of a CT scan typically ranges between $300-$3,280 in the U.S. The national average for the U.S. is $3,275 without insurance. The following values outline the difference between average outpatient and inpatient CT scan costs.
Cost of a CT Scan Across the U.S.
The cost of a CT scan can vary based on your geographic region. Based on our research, most CT scan procedures will include an additional facility fee and a physician fee. The following costs represent that.
|Location||Clinic||CT Cost Without Insurance|
|New York NY||New York Medical Imaging Associates||$398|
|Lafayette, CO||Boulder Community Health||$672|
|Bullhead City, AZ||Western Arizona Regional Medical Center||$674|
|Dallas, TX||Dallas Medical Center||$378|
|Minneapolis, MN||North Memorial Health Hospital||$639|
|Kingston, PA||Commonwealth Health||$541|
Cost of a CT Scan Based on Type of Scan
CT scan costs can also vary based on the body part that is being examined. The following costs outline the different ranges in costs between different types of CT scans with or without contrast.
|Type of CT Scan||Price|
|CT scan of the abdomen||$1,750-$9,500|
|CT scan of bone density||$300-$3,800|
|CT scan of the head or brain||$825-$4,800|
|CT scan of spine and neck||$1,000 - $9,300|
|CT scan of the thorax||$1,050 - $7,800|
|CT scan of the chest||$675 - $8,600|
|CT scan of the pelvis||$1,700 - $10,200|
|CT scan of shoulder, arm, wrist, or hand||$625 - $8,400|
|CT scan of foot, ankle, leg, or hip||$640 - $11,200|
|CT Angiography||$650 - $19,400|
Factors that Influence the Cost of a CT Scan
Several factors can change the costs of your CT scan. These factors include the body part being scanned, the type of facility you are visiting, your insurance status, and your geographic location.
Body part scanned
As previously mentioned, the costs associated with your CT scan depend heavily on what area of the body is being examined. For instance, CT angiographies are more costly than CT scans to assess bone density or soft tissue. Your CT scan will also be more expensive if your provider orders that the exam is performed with contrast. If performed in contrast, you might be required to fast for a time before the procedure.
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As described above, inpatient facilities will typically have higher costs for CT scans than outpatient. This is mainly because inpatient facilities are more costly to run than outpatient facilities. If you find that you have the option to receive CT imaging at an outpatient facility, your costs will likely be significantly lower than at a hospital.
If you are insured, your CT scan will most likely be covered if you are insured, as long as it was required or ordered by a prescriber. However, based on your insurance plan, you might have to reach a deductible before your insurance coverage can kick in. If your deductible is met, you will be expected to pay a co-pay which will be much less expensive.
As described above, geographical regions have varying costs for CT scans. Larger cities will tend to have lower CT scans costs because more facilities are available. More rural areas might have more costly procedures.
CT Scan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following section will answer some frequently asked questions about CT Scans.
What is a CT Scan?
A CT scan combines a series of X-rays to produce 3D images of different body parts. This procedure is used primarily for diagnostic purposes and is painless and non-invasive. This scan can show intricate images of any body part and is more detailed than standard X-rays.
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When do you need a CT scan?
As previously mentioned, CT scans are primarily used to diagnose certain muscle and bone disorders. However, CT scans can also be used to locate the position of a tumor. CT scans can show a lot about the location and size of the tumor, which can help them perform any needed surgeries or biopsies. CT scans can also be used for angiographies which are examinations of blood or lymph vessels.
What should you expect during a CT scan?
Depending on whether or not your CT scan has contrast, you might be asked to fast for a certain amount of time before the procedure. Before the scan, you will be asked to remove any metal objects, and you will be asked to wear a hospital gown. You will then be asked to lie on a long table that moves slowly through the CT scanner. This procedure takes about 30 mins and is painless.
What are the risks associated with getting a CT scan?
CT scans use X-rays which produce a small amount of radiation. Generally, the radiation produced by CT scans is unlikely to lead to any long-term risk. Still, continued CT scanning might increase your risks of radiation-induced cancers. Additionally, the radiation from CT scans might be more harmful to children or pregnant individuals. For pregnant people, ultrasounds are typically recommended for imaging instead.
Ultimately, CT scans can be a very costly procedure, especially if you are uninsured. On average, CT scans can cost anywhere from $300-$3,280 per procedure. This price range is large as CT scan costs will vary depending on what type of facility you go to, your geographic region, and what body part is scanned.
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