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How Much Does an X-Ray Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: $10-$50 Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $100-$1,000+
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X-rays are used for diagnosis and treatment in a variety of situations -- from dental surgery to broken bones. Risks include exposure to radiation and possible harm to the fetus in a pregnant patient.

Typical costs:

  • X-rays typically are covered by health insurance. For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of nothing, if the plan covers X-rays in full, or a copay of $10-$50 or coinsurance of about 10%-50%.
  • For patients without health insurance, X-rays typically cost about $100-$1,000 or more. On average, X-rays cost $260-$460, varying by provider and geographic location, according to NewChoiceHealth.com[1] . Actual X-ray cost depends on the provider, the part of the body being X-rayed, and the number of views taken. According to NewChoiceHealth.com, the average cost for a finger X-ray is $100, for a hand $180, for a wrist $190, for a knee $200, for a thigh $280, for a pelvis $350, for a chest $370, and for a full body $1,100. The average cost for more specialized X-rays, such as those of various arteries, veins or ducts in the body, can reach $20,000 to $30,000 or more. Berger Health System in Ohio offers a price list[2] for X-rays that ranges from $203 for a one-view chest X-ray to $536 for a series of abdominal X-rays. Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis offers a price tool that estimates the cost of a hand X-ray at $95, a two-view wrist X-ray at $142, a collar bone X-ray at $147, a three-view knee X-ray at $179, a lower spine X-ray at $349, and a hip X-ray at $463; and an artery X-ray at $26,161 per vessel.
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What should be included:
  • The technologist will activate the machine, which emits X-rays that pass through the area of the body being X-rayed and create an image on an image recording plate or film. In some cases, the technologist will reposition the patient and take more X-rays from another view.
  • Later, a radiologist[3] , a physician who specializes in imaging, will interpret the images and send a report to and/or confer with the physician who ordered the X-ray.
Additional costs:
  • Depending on the results of the X-ray, the doctor might order additional tests, which could include an MRI, or a CT scan, which could cost $1,000 -$3,000 or more, or other tests.
Discounts:
  • Some clinics offer X-ray services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator[4] for clinics that provide discounted care on a sliding scale based on income.
  • Many imaging centers and hospitals offer a discount of up to 30%or more for cash-paying patients. For example, Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota offers a discount of about 40% on medically necessary services, including X-rays, to self-pay patients with a gross family income of less than $125,000.
Shopping for an x-ray:
  • A family doctor or specialist can make a referral to a hospital or imaging center. Or, the American College of Radiology offers a list of accredited imaging facilities[5] .
  • Any woman who is or could be pregnant should discuss risks with her doctor when considering an X-ray. RadiologyInfo.org has information about X-rays and pregnancy[6] .
  • RadiologyInfo.org offers a primer[7] on safety, radiation exposure and X-rays.
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.
 
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Posted by: TJL in Twinsburg, OH.Posted: July 3rd, 2017 08:07AM
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Posted by: Annoyed Mama in Castle Rock, CO.Posted: June 21st, 2017 02:06PM
Number of Views: 1Medical Center: Sky Ridge Medical Center
My son (3 yrs) complained that his wrist hurt after a fall and wouldn't put weight on it.Took him to the pediatrician who sent him in for X-Rays. Nothing broken.
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Amount: $12,000.00
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5 xrays - maybe 15 minutes
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My recommendation is go somewhere else.
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Posted by: Just Another Rip Off Scam in Long Island, NM.Posted: March 8th, 2017 09:03AM
Number of Views: 1Medical Center: North Shore Manhasset
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Posted by: Unfair racket by medical community in DARIEN, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2017 10:02AM
Number of Views: 2Medical Center: Westmont Imaging
Physician: Joe Reda
1 finger for $417? Why? National average is $100. My co-pay is $157.14. Sounds like that is the actual cost and the remaining "gravy" is bilked from the insurance company. What a racket!!!!
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Wrist
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Physician: Affinity
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Posted by: Paokara777 in Cape Girardeau, MO.Posted: January 23rd, 2017 11:01PM
Physician: St Francis Cape Girardeau mo
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Posted by: [email protected] in Hackensack, NJ.Posted: January 1st, 2017 10:01AM
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Posted by: Go Elsewher in Howel, NJ.Posted: November 23rd, 2016 03:11PM
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HAd to wait over 3 weeks to get results.
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Posted by: Donna Kertis in Patchogue, NY.Posted: November 7th, 2016 08:11AM
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Physician: Dr. Angelillo
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Posted by: Fed up with over-priced medical care in Athens, OH.Posted: November 2nd, 2016 12:11PM
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$475 X-ray (Ins. adjustment reduced it to $285)
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I got two different bills.
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Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: chrisNR in Moorestown, NJ.Posted: August 14th, 2015 10:08PM
Number of Views: Medical Center: Virtua Moorestown
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Amount: $1,056.00
Posted by: a user in Granbury, TX.Posted: July 6th, 2015 12:07PM
Physician: Granbury Texas medical center
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outraged--hip and pelvis x-ray
Amount: $3,025.00
Posted by: MCB in Brandon, FL.Posted: July 6th, 2015 11:07AM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: Brandon Regional
As an x-ray tech myself, I am outraged at the audacity of this facility to charge this amount for 3 x-rays
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Posted by: Disgruntled in Bluffton, SC.Posted: April 17th, 2015 12:04PM
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Had two shoulder x-rays and I was billed $1,124. When I phoned I was told that this is their billed amount. This was not an MRI! I had the same images taken in a different state and they were approximately 1/4 of this cost! This is outrageous!
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x-ray of foot
Amount: $554.00
Posted by: CLBerry in Holmdel, NJ.Posted: October 24th, 2014 06:10PM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: Bayshore Community Hospital
Physician: Thomas Feola
Stubbed and fractured my toe. Had x-ray 3 weeks later. $554 for 3 views of foot? Why?
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Amount: $617.00
Posted by: Act like the customer in FIRESTONE, CO.Posted: October 16th, 2014 09:10AM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: First Choice Emergency Room
This facility just opened very close to us and my son landed awkwardly on his ankle. We weren't sure if it was broken or not and I had to leave town for work the next day so we stopped in. The care was good but prices after we got the bill were outrageous. 3x normal costs for crutches & air cast and much higher facility and x-ray costs than we have ever paid at a hospital ER. If we had known this up front we would have waited to go to urgent care the next day or gone to a hospital ER.
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Posted by: Living is costing me to Death in Kansas City, MO.Posted: September 12th, 2014 01:09PM
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Physician: Dr. David Smith
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Amount: $5,200.00
Posted by: Budde in Booneville, MS.Posted: February 16th, 2013 04:02AM
Number of Views: Medical Center: Baptist
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External Resources:
  1.  www.newchoicehealth.com/X-Ray-Cost
  2.  www.bergerhealth.com/resources-a-links/patient-price-list
  3.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/careers/index.cfm?pg=diagcareer
  4.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  5.  www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Accreditation/Accredited-Facility-Search
  6.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray#part6
  7.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray
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