How much does an X-ray cost?
Trying to get costs of X-ray exams can be challenging. Even when you have the information, it's not clear what exactly you might be paying for. What body parts are included? Does the price include the Radiology report? And what if you need additional testing? This post is one of a series of posts that look at costs of Radiology tests and will be a work in progress. I hope it sheds some light on what X-ray prices include and don't include.
Prices vary by body part and medical condition
Most X-ray exams have different prices. For example, an X-ray of the abdomen may not cost the same as an X-ray of the chest. Each test may also have multiple different prices depending on the number of views taken. An X-ray of the knee can have anywhere from 1 to 4 or more views. An X-ray of the entire arm can actually be multpile different tests: an X-ray of the upper arm (humerus), lower arm (forearm), X-ray of the wrist and X-ray of the hand.
Prices will vary from facility to facility
X-ray costs will vary in price even in the same town. Hospitals are generally more expensive and have
less favorable cash fee schedules than their outpatient counterparts. Hospitals are also less likely to negotiate prices with you.
The Radiology report is included
X-ray costs include the official Radiologist interpretation. This includes comparing to older x-rays even if done at another hospital or imaging center. Your doctor receives a copy of the report.
Copies of the CD or films
Sometimes you'll be asked to take a CD or films of your x-ray to your doctor to review. Most facilities will give you a copy, if requested, free of charge.
Call back for additional images may not be included
You won't be charged for call backs if due to technical issues or if you were unable to complete the exam because of pain. However, if it is for "more testing", then yes, there will be additional costs.
The bottom line.
X-ray prices can vary widely depending on the exact test, number of views, your location and whether you choose to go to an outpatient facility or a hospital. Our research shows an average cost of about $70 for an X-ray study with prices ranging from $50 to over $200.
How much did your X-ray study cost? Please leave your comments below: