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How much does a CT scan cost near me?

By Concierge at AffordableScan | 4 min read

Tips for finding a Computed Tomography (CT) scan near me

CT costs vary by facility and location. For an insured patient, the deductible and co-pay can be anywhere from $400 – $3,000, while the cash patients generally pay about $220-$1800. It’s a good idea to it’s essential that you do your research first before going to the closest facility you were directed by your doctor.

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Cash cost of a CT scan near me:

  • CT scan without contrast: $220 – $500
  • CT scan with contrast : $300 – $1000
  • CT scan with & without contrast:: $300 – $1,000

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Does medical insurance cover this?

It depends on the type of insurance and your insurance company. Usually, a large deductible or a co-pay is required. As a high-deductible patient, you might be asked to pay $1,200 – $4,000 fee before your insurance kicks in, so it’s best to search around for the best deals or choose a different insurance plan.

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What are common uses for CT scans?

  • CT scans help detect bone and joint problems, such as complex bone fractures, and tumors.
  • If you have been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or liver masses, CT scans can spot it or help doctors see any changes.
  • CT scans show internal injuries and bleeding, such as those caused by a car accident.
  • They can help locate a tumor, blood clot, excess fluid, or infection.
    Doctors use them to guide treatment plans and procedures, such as biopsies, surgeries, and radiation therapy.
  • Radiologists compare CT scans to find out if certain treatments are working. For example, scans of a tumor over time can show whether it’s responding to chemotherapy or radiation.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

Yes, you would need it as this exam includes exposure to damaging x-ray waves. You can get one through our partner service. If you don’t want to expose your body to radiation, in certain cases you might opt for an MRI scan instead, which does not use radiation.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes a CT scan will require an appointment as a technician needs to be on premises and a machine must be available.

Where can I get a CT scan near me?

You can get a CT scan for any body part at any major hospital or at a free-standing outpatient diagnostic imaging center. Generally, imaging centers tend to have better rates as they work with teleradiologist, who charge lower fees. See the closest imaging centers to you.

Are there any risks related to Tomography CT scan radiation exposure?

CT scan work based on radiation exposure. Prolonged exposure to radiation might lead to cancer. The amount of radiation you’re exposed to during a CT scanon the type of tissue and x-ray type, please consult your doctor to better understand this. If you don’t want to be exposed to radiation, you can choose to do an MRI instead. In that case, it’s preferable to go with a cash route where you spend $250-500 instead of $1000-2000 when you are expected to pay an insurance deductible/co-pay. Get a quote for an MRI with our partner service.

Time length of a CT scan

Actual scan times vary from a few seconds to several minutes. If no contrast solution is required, the examination usually takes about 15 to 30 minutes, including the time for intravenous preparation and interview. In some cases, additional scanning might be required as scans are tailored to suit individual diagnostic needs.
Special types of Computerized Tomography Scans

Calcium screening CT scan

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring uses special x-ray equipment to produce pictures of the coronary arteries to determine if they are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque – an indicator for atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease (CAD). The information obtained can help evaluate whether you are at increased risk for heart attack.

How can I save on CT scan costs?

  • Go to an outpatient clinic, their prices are usually 30-70% lower than in hospitals
  • Pay in cash or with a credit card, you will be able to negotiate the best rate
  • Doublecheck if you need to have a CT with contrast, usually, those are 1.5x – 3x as expensive and might potentially lead to an allergic reaction

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