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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.
Related articles: Chest X-Ray, Bone X-Ray, Dental X-Rays, Health Insurance

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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Curious of xray cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Veteran in Fayetteville, NC.Posted: May 5th, 2019 09:05AM
Number of Views: 4Medical Center: VA and Army medical center
Broke jaw. Was curious about cost of xrays. Glad I went to VA.
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X-ray of hip
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: a user in St. Petersburg, FL.Posted: March 20th, 2019 01:03PM
Number of Views: 2Medical Center: Palms of Pasadena hospital
The hospital is dingy and radiology equipment is old. I feel like I was really taken advantage of. 2,000 dollars for a simple X-ray of hip. Warning—Stay away from Palms of Pasadena hospital for any service.
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Head x ray
Amount: $790.00
Posted by: Crazy x ray in Hickory, NC.Posted: February 12th, 2019 06:02PM
Number of Views: 1Medical Center: Hickory ENT
Went to doctor for ear pain. Doctor asked for x ray. paid almost $800.
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Xray on back
Amount: $739.00
Posted by: brokenAndInDebtNow in Pullman, WA.Posted: December 8th, 2018 07:12AM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: Paluouse Medical
Complained about lower back pain, trouble bending and twisting. Two months removed from not being able to tie my shoes. Doc wanted X-ray to rule out something (I guess "insurance makes us get X-ray first, even though it will probably not be informative."). Most expensive 15 minutes of my life. Never heard back about X-rays. Surprisingly, they told us nothing.
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Elbow
Amount: $1,376.00
Posted by: Pitcher on HS team in chico, CA.Posted: October 15th, 2017 06:10PM
Number of Views: 4Medical Center: Enloe
Total bill $1376; Blue Shield write off $421; owe $955 since we haven't met deductible
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X-ray wrist
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Very pleased in Paramus, NJ.Posted: August 10th, 2017 08:08PM
Physician: Paramus pediatric urgent care
Wonderful facility. Less than 1 hour. Wrist broken in 2 spots. (7 year old patient)
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Finger xray
Amount: $333.22
Posted by: TJL in Twinsburg, OH.Posted: July 3rd, 2017 08:07AM
Physician: Uh hospitals, cleveland
Had an xray in urgent care for one finger and was billed $402 for the xray, $179 for physician and $32 for radiologist -- after insurance discount i had to pay $333.22 (HSA) total rip off !!
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spine X ray, 2 views-$ 3100!
Amount: $1,233.00
Posted by: Lynn Thompson in Margate, FL.Posted: June 23rd, 2017 05:06AM
Physician: Dr Ozactay
Fractured Vetebrae in car accident in Dec 2015. Had surgery at NOrth West Regional Hospital and went on to do Physical Therapy in Outpatient at MD office. On my way to PT appointment I slipped and fell, so therapist wanted X ray before he would see me. I went back to NRH and had XRay, 2 views of spine, was billed $3,100! That's with insurance! I had a lawyer who negotiated a settlement in April, the hospital was paid. They say I still owe $811.00, and have sent this to collections, so it is damaging my credit. I called the billing dept multiple times, and spoke to Medicredit as well. What can I do?
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X-Ray Craziness
Amount: $731.25
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.
Pediatrician Visit: $89
X-Rays: $731.25 (after insurance "discount")
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hip / lower back
Amount: $12,000.00
Posted by: Mike F in Hamilton, NJ.Posted: May 8th, 2017 10:05AM
Number of Views: 5Medical Center: Capital Health - Hamilton
5 xrays - maybe 15 minutes
$12000
My recommendation is go somewhere else.
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X-rays Supposedly purged from system!
Amount: $1,300.00
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
Auto accident in 2000- Fractured ankle and femur. Refractured same ankle last week. Orthopedic doctor able to pull up e-rays from year 2000 in his office. He was NOT the attending physician in 2000. I need copy of x-ray, North Shore refuses to produce it! Says it was "purged from system". If it was, how was doctor able to access it? No answer to that question from North Shore. Now I have to pay $1300-1700 out of pocket to get my own x-ray, Insurance will not cover a new x-ray of an old injury. North Shore "purged it", I have to pay a fortune to get a new one. Nice Racket!
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finger e-ray
Amount: $417.00
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
Amount: $956.00
Posted by: Morgan techlow in Oshkosh, WI.Posted: January 24th, 2017 01:01PM
Physician: Affinity
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Ankle diagnostic x ray on 6 y.o.
Amount: $1,450.00
Posted by: Paokara777 in Cape Girardeau, MO.Posted: January 23rd, 2017 11:01PM
Physician: St Francis Cape Girardeau mo
They billed us 1450. My ins company negotiated down to 1100. I have a 50% co pay. 550 out of pocket for an ankle x ray. Lol?
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Tooth xray
Amount: $919.00
Posted by: [email protected] in Hackensack, NJ.Posted: January 1st, 2017 10:01AM
Physician: Hackensack medical center
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Shore Imaging
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Go Elsewher in Howel, NJ.Posted: November 23rd, 2016 03:11PM
Number of Views: 4Medical Center: Shore Imaging
HAd to wait over 3 weeks to get results.
Employees are upset with wages and poor working conditions. Go ELSEHWERE
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Hand 3 views
Amount: $516.12
Posted by: Donna Kertis in Patchogue, NY.Posted: November 7th, 2016 08:11AM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: Brookhaven Memorial Hospital
Physician: Dr. Angelillo
Took son to orthopedist for problems with hand after breaking his arm 4 years ago. Was told to go down the hall for x-rays but later was billed by the hospital he is affiliated with. Was charge 505.60 for xrays and 10.52 for another company to read them. Could have went to a facility across the street and paid $125 but was not given that option. This is WITH insurance.
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Back x-ray
Amount: $581.00
Posted by: Fed up with over-priced medical care in Athens, OH.Posted: November 2nd, 2016 12:11PM
Number of Views: Medical Center: Holzer
$475 X-ray (Ins. adjustment reduced it to $285)
$106 Doctor charge for reading the x-ray (Ins. adj. reduced it to 97.73)
I got two different bills.
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Wrist Xray
Amount: $748.00
Posted by: Lisa Rice in Gulfport, MS.Posted: June 10th, 2016 03:06AM
Physician: Memorial Medical Center
Outrageous, this isn't even to see the doctor (that's $350)! It's tough when you can't afford insurance. We paid $230 in Indiana just 2 weeks ago.
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Chest Xray w/ Insurance
Amount: $310.00
Posted by: a user in Marietta, GA.Posted: May 25th, 2016 12:05PM
Number of Views: 1Medical Center: Northside Hospital Imaging
Physician: Primary Care
Bummer.......
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back x-ray to check for spondylolisthesis
Amount: $1,150.00
Posted by: a user in Aberdeen, WA.Posted: April 23rd, 2016 11:04AM
Ridiculous cost. I had a referral for an ambulatory visit to an x-ray clinic. They told me it typically costs around 110 dollars. Then sent a claim to my insurance for over 1100 dollars. I saw a bill that I paid to them for like 48 bucks and paid that assuming it had all been sorted out after insurance stuff, but nope there is a separate claim for over 1100 still. Not sure where the 48 dollar one even came from.. The whole thing took 10 minutes. There was nothing wrong either. My doctor just wanted to "rule it out." Never ever again.
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Kidney Stone x-ray
Amount: $5,624.49
Posted by: a user in Palm Beach, FL.Posted: March 15th, 2016 08:03AM
Number of Views: 2Medical Center: Good Samaritan Hospital
I went to an emergency room with excruciating pain for kidney stones. After 4 mg of morphine and 2 x-rays Blue Cross got billed $10,325. The x rays were $5624.49. BSBC actually went ahead and paid $7 k for this egregious overbilling
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Shoulder/arm xray
Amount: $5,100.00
Posted by: DVS in Brandon, FL.Posted: March 14th, 2016 01:03PM
Number of Views: 3Medical Center: Brandon Regional
Patient had a severe laceration on upper arm. They did 3 xrays and the patient was charged $1861.96, $1638.74 and $1645.99. Although covered by excellent insurance and was not required to pay for any of it, how do these amounts add up when reading the fair billing amounts.
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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
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  6.  www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sfty_xray#part6
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