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March 15, 2021

How much does an X-ray cost near me?

By Concierge at AffordableScan | 4 min read

X-ray costs near you - find out how to save money

X-ray costs vary by facility and location. For 40% of high-deductible patients health insurance no longer covers X-ray scan cost until they reach their yearly deductible of $6,000 - $18,000. Before that patients are expected to pay out of pocket between $400-800. It's essential that you do your research first before going to the closest facility you were directed by your doctor. Especially given that cash patients can pay as little as $45 - $250 per X-ray scan at outpatient clinics.

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Location matters: save money by going for an X-ray to larger cities

The pricing is generally tied to supply & demand market economics. The more outpatient facilities are there in the market, the higher is the competition. And as a result, the diagnostic imaging centers are actually willing to offer X-ray at cost for as little as $45, so they can win over new patients who may come back for more expensive scan such as MRI or a CT scan. Generally, large cities with a lot of competing hospitals and imaging outpatient clinics tend to be more affordable.

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Does insurance cover X-ray cost?

Yes, a full health insurance coverage would entail this type of exam with some co-pay needed. If you are a high-deductible health plan or have a large co-pay you might be asked to pay hundreds of dollars for this exam and will not receive the best rate. Most insurances require facilities to charge you the sticker price which is 4x-10x higher what they usually reimburse the facilities or a patient would pay with cash price.

Insurance is denying my X-ray – what to do?

The good news is that you can still do the X-ray for even a cheaper price than would be your co-pay if your insurance would cover the X-ray. You can go the cash route and instead of waiting 3-4 weeks for your insurance approved the appointment, you can get the next day X-ray appointment through one of the AffordableScan facilities.

How much does an X-ray cost overall for insured patients?

  • Chest X-ray cost: $400 - $800
  • IVP cost: $100 - $1000
  • HSG cost: $200 - $850

Especially emergency rooms or urgent care centers are known to bill uninsured patients thousands of dollars, so always think twice about going there in the non-urgent situation. Please check your insurance plan first or compare other insurance plans to see if there is a better one that best meets your needs.

How can I save on X-ray costs without a health plan?

  • Go to a right outpatient clinic, their prices are usually 30-70% lower than in hospitals, often as little as $45 - $250.
  • Pay in cash or with a credit card, you will be able to negotiate the best rate
  • Visit a cash doctor, they are most interested in getting a long-term patient so they can give you an X-ray or another imaging scan at a very reasonable cost. X-ray pricing depends on many factors.

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What are X-rays usually used for?

  • Bone fractures & broken bones
  • Infections (such as pneumonia)
  • Calcifications (like kidney stones or vascular calcifications)
  • Some tumors (although a CT scan or an MRI scan is preferred for better accuracy)
  • Arthritis in joints
  • Bone loss (such as osteoporosis)
  • Dental issues (a special type of X-ray called CBCT scan is usually used for this)
  • Heart problems (such as congestive heart failure)
  • Blood vessel blockages
  • Digestive problems
  • Foreign objects (such as items swallowed by children)
X ray near me cost

Where can I get a ray exam near me?

You can get an X-ray at a hospital, outpatient imaging centers or at a doctor's office. Due to the low cost of purchasing an X-ray machine (used models can be purchased for as little as $2,000), many doctors are investing in these machines, so you can usually get it done at any orthopedist or many times also at physician offices.

Are there any risks related to radiogram use?

Special types of radiographs

Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

IVP is a special type of X-ray where a contrast material is injected to evaluate your kidneys, ureters, and bladder and help diagnose blood in the urine or pain in your side or lower back. An IVP may provide enough information to allow your doctor to treat you with medication and avoid surgery. These can cost anywhere from $100-1000.

Hysterosalpingogram X-ray (HSG)

HSG is a special kind of X-ray procedure performed by a doctor to determine whether the fallopian tubes are open and to see if the shape of the uterine cavity is normal. It usually takes about 30 minutes to perform. Due to the complexity of this procedure, it tends to be more expensive and costs between $200-$800.

X-ray work based on radiation exposure. Prolonged exposure to radiation might lead to cancer. The amount of radiation dose you're exposed to during an X-ray on 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 pay an insurance deductible/co-pay. Get a quote for an X-ray with our partner service.

Are X-rays safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding?

The risk of side effects of an X-ray while you are pregnant is minimal, but it is always important to protect the developing fetus from any harm. Please always consult your doctor about doing an x-ray especially, if you are or think you may be pregnant.

In general X-ray examinations of areas of the body including the arms, legs, chest, do not expose your reproductive organs or your baby to a direct X-ray beam. The X-ray exam can be in most cases modified to reduce the radiation. Often the risk of not having a necessary X-ray can be greater than the risk of the radiation.

How to save money on imaging procedures?

  • Shop & compare prices across 4-10 facilities to find the best deal for you, focus also on free-standing imaging facilities
  • Pay in cash to save 40-80% of the cost (HSA counts), you can pay as little as $45 per scan
  • Consider doing this X-ray at a stand-alone imaging clinic, they will do this scan at cost just to get you in the door

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The concierge team at AffordableScan works with top experts & doctors in the industry to publish the latest research & news on affordable medical care in the US.