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How Much Does a Bone X-Ray Cost?

 
average costWith Health Insurance: $10-$50 Copay or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $200-$400+
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Bone X-rays can be used to provide more information before orthopedic surgery, such as repair of a broken bone or spinal fusion. Risks include exposure to radiation and possible harm to the fetus in a pregnant patient.

Typical costs:

  • A bone X-ray typically is 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 between $10 and $50 or coinsurance of about 10 to 50 percent.
  • For patients without health insurance, a bone X-ray typically costs about $200-$400 or more, depending on the provider, the part of the body being X-rayed, and the number of views taken. According to NewChoiceHealth.com[1] , the national average cost for a hand or ankle X-ray is $180, for a knee X-ray $200, for a spine X-ray $280, and for a pelvis X-ray $350. For example, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center[2] in New Hampshire charges about $258 for a foot X-ray and $253 for a spine X-ray after the uninsured discount. Akron General[3] in Ohio charges $244 for a single-view spine X-ray, $256 for a single-view pelvis X-ray, $278 for a two-view tibia/fibula X-ray, $290 for a three-view wrist X-ray, $293 for a three-view hand X-ray, $299 for a three-view foot X-ray, $378 for a complete series of X-rays of the lumbosacral spine, and $401 for a four-or-more-view X-ray of the knee. Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical center[4] in Nebraska charges $277 for a two-view X-ray of the femur, $284 for a three-view X-ray of the ankle, $282 for a two-view X-ray of the hip, $305 for a three-view X-ray of the foot, $322 for a two-plus view X-ray of the shoulder, $353 for a three-view X-ray of the lower spine and $395 for a four-plus view X-ray of the knee.
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What should be included:
  • The technologist will operate 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 a different view.
  • Later, the radiologist[5] or orthopedic surgeon can consult the X-ray when planning the surgery.
  • RadiologyInfo.org has an overview[6] of bone X-rays.
Additional costs:
  • Follow-up X-rays might be required after the orthopedic surgery.
Discounts:
  • Some clinics offer X-ray services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator[7] 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.
Shopping for a bone x-ray:
  • A family doctor or orthopedic surgeon can make a referral to a hospital or imaging center. Or, the American College of Radiology offers a list of accredited imaging facilities[8] .
  • 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[9] .
  • RadiologyInfo.org offers a primer[10] 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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External Resources:
  1.  www.newchoicehealth.com/X-Ray-Cost
  2.  patients.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/billing_questions/out_of_pocket_estimator_dhmc.ht...
  3.  www.akrongeneral.org/portal/page/portal/AGMC_PAGEGROUP/Price_guide/PRICE_GUIDE8
  4.  tp.chi.acelogicus.net/nese/Default.aspx
  5.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/careers/index.cfm?pg=diagcareer
  6.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=bonerad
  7.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  8.  www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Accreditation/Accredited-Facility-Search
  9.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray#part6
  10.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray
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