Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Medical Specialties & Departments > Barium Enema

Barium Enema Cost


How Much Does a Barium Enema Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: $50-$150 Copayhigh costWithout Health Insurance: $200-$2,000
post E-mail post Post  

A barium enema, or a gastrointestinal exam, is an X-ray of the large intestine. The test helps diagnose diseases and problems that affect the large intestine, colon and rectum. For a lower GI barium enema, a patient's colon is filled with barium, which blocks X-rays and makes the colon show up clearly on the X-ray image. (To examine the upper GI, a patient generally swallows a barium solution and a doctor monitors the passage through the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, a procedure that takes about three hours. The procedure is typically called a barium swallow.)

Typical costs:

  • Barium enemas are subject to a variety of fees including a physician's fee, an anesthesia fee and an analysis fee. Anesthesia is not used in all barium enema procedures.
  • Patients with health insurance coverage will typically pay $50-$150 in copays for barium enema procedures. For example, members of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care[1] in Massachusetts pay $70-$120 for abdominal X-rays, which include both the actual procedure and an analysis of the data collected.
  • Uninsured patients can expect to pay $200-$2,000 total for a barium enema. According to NewChoiceHealth.com[2] , the average cost of a gastrointestinal tract X-ray is $400 but can cost as much as $2,000. For example, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center[3] , in Lincoln, NE, charges $647-$978 for barium enema procedures.
Related articles: Colonoscopy, X-Ray, Health Insurance

What should be included:
  • There are two types of barium enemas -- single contrast and double contrast. The procedures are usually completed in 30-60 minutes.
  • During a lower GI barium enema procedure, a patient typically lies on his or her side while the colon is filled with a material containing barium. The doctor will watch the flow of barium through the colon on an X-ray monitor. The doctor may press on the patient's abdomen to move the barium through the intestines. If the patient is having a double contrast barium enema, the barium will be drained out and the colon is filled with air. The patient will then be given a bedpan or sent to a restroom to evacuate remaining barium. A few post-evacuation X-rays will then be taken.
  • WebMD provides step-by-step information[4] on the process of receiving a barium enema. The site also includes information on how to prepare for the test.
Discounts:
  • Barium enemas might be covered by a patient's medical insurance. It's a good idea to verify coverage specifics with an insurance provider prior to the procedure.
  • Medicare covers the cost of barium enemas for patients who are at risk of developing colorectal cancer. Medicare provides state-by-state information[5] on barium enema coverage.
Shopping for a barium enema:
  • RadiologyInfo.org explains what patients can expect[6] before, during and after the procedure. The site also outlines risks and benefits[7] of exposure to radiation.
  • The American College of Gastroenterology has an online physician finder[8] .
  • HealthGrades.com, an online independent health ratings organization, offers a searchable directory of gastroenterologists[9] .
  • The American Society of Radiologic Technologists allows patients to verify a technician's registration status[10] .
  • Colon Health Magazine[11] is a useful resource for a broad range of information relating to colon health.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


10 Key Ways to Prepare for Extreme Snow
Forecasters are predicting a true nor'easter will hit the eastern and central states with rain, thunderstorms, ice, snow and high winds over the Thanksgiving weekend. It's crucial to plan ahead, before bad weather hits. || Posted November 26 2013


10 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures Before the Holidays
With reunions and other get-togethers scheduled during the holiday season, most people want to look their best at this time of year. For some, that means filling in those wrinkles with a bit of botox, or having a nip and tuck down here and there. || Posted November 23 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Barium Enema
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Medical Center:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  /www.harvardpilgrim.org/portal/page?_pageid=253,192924&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
  2.  www.newchoicehealth.com/Directory/Procedure/82/GI%20Tract%20X-Ray
  3.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  4.  www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/barium-enema
  5.  www.medicare.gov/coverage/your-medicare-coverage.html
  6.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=lowergi
  7.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=lowergi#part_nine
  8.  patients.gi.org/find-a-gastroenterologist/
  9.  www.healthgrades.com/gastroenterology-directory
  10.  /www.arrt.org/Registration/Verify-Credentials
  11.  www.colonhealthmagazine.com/
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does an Albuterol Inhaler Cost? How Much Does an MRI Cost? How Much Does Radiation Therapy Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 


Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Addition cost
Paid: 100000.00
I got a quote from a contractor here in Utah for a 680 sq ft addition, kitchen living room and dining... [more]
-Bhouston
Home Addition Cost
PFT Cost Dallas
Paid: 2568.00
My regular doctor wanted me to see a specialist since he didn't like my spirometry results. I reluctantly agreed since I never have problems. Two doctor visits later and I'm out $2568... [more]
-CHRIS REED
Pulmonary Function Test Cost
WHEEL ALIGNMENT
Paid: 85.59
GAVE ME A PAPERSHOWING RED AND GREEN ALIGNMENT, RED MEANING IT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. WHEN IT WAS DONE THEIR WAS STILL RED SHOWING IMPROPER ALIGNMENT, HE SAID WE CANT FIX THAT UNLESS I PAY ANOTHER $119.00...WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS..... [more]
-JAMES DENOS
Wheel Alignment Cost
Crazy Expensive for a 250 gal tank in San Diego
Paid: 4.43
We have a rental property that had an AmeriGas tank on it that's used for the outdoors (pool/spa and fire pit)... [more]
-jessmeagan
Propane Cost
Am I paying too much
Paid: 1800.00
I have a small auto repair shop. He prepared my tax return in 2016. I do my own 941, wage report and monthly taxes. He does the rest and I still get charged 1800.00... [more]
-Martín Duran
Business Tax Preparation Cost
Tsh t3 and t4
Paid: 2500.00
Any ideas what to do? I do not want to pay this... [more]
-Thisbillistohigh
Thyroid Test Cost