Ultrasound Cost and Ultrasound Procedures Information

An Ultrasound, often called Sonography, is used to detect changes in appearance and function of organs, tissues, or abnormal masses, such as tumors as well as used to view blood flow through blood vessels. In an ultrasound examination, a transducer both sends the sound waves and records the echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against the skin, it directs a stream of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. As the sound waves bounce off of internal organs, fluids and tissues, the sensitive microphone in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound's pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by a computer, which in turn creates a real-time picture on the monitor. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray)

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Ultrasound Cost Averages Around the Country

Atlanta, GA Ultrasound Cost Average $440
Chicago, IL Ultrasound Cost Average $460
Dallas, TX Ultrasound Cost Average $410
Houston, TX Ultrasound Cost Average $430
Los Angeles, CA Ultrasound Cost Average $500
Miami, FL Ultrasound Cost Average $460
New York, NY Ultrasound Cost Average $500
Philadelphia, PA Ultrasound Cost Average $480
Phoenix, AZ Ultrasound Cost Average $410
Washington, DC Ultrasound Cost Average $450

Specific Ultrasound Procedures and National Cost Averages

Fetal Biophysical Profile Cost Average $480
Head and Neck Ultrasound Cost Average $300
Eye Exam (Ultrasound Echography) Cost Average $1,200
Chest Ultrasound Cost Average $550
Breast Ultrasound Cost Average $390
Abdominal Ultrasound Cost Average $420
Pelvic Ultrasound Cost Average $575
Hip Ultrasound (Infant) Cost Average $410
Extremity Ultrasound (Nonvascular) Cost Average $410
Head Ultrasound (echo exam) Cost Average $390
Eye Ultrasound Cost Average $1,650
Spinal Ultrasound Cost Average $500
Pregnant Ultrasound Cost Average $975
Ultrasound of Fetus Cost Average $600
Ultrasound of the Uterus Cost Average $1,350
Bone Ultrasound Cost Average $280
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Featured Facilities that Perform Ultrasound

Name Location Average List Price
Winchester Imaging Winchester , VA $390
Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center Lake Geneva , WI $1,700
Theda Clark Medical Center Neenah , WI $625
Southeastern Regional Medical Center Lumberton , NC $925
Suma MRI Golden Valley , MN $400
All Diagnostics Concord , NC $390
Imperial Valley Medical Imaging Services El Centro , CA $430
Doctors Imaging Group Putnam Radiology Office Palatka , FL $410
Northland Imaging, LLC Kansas City , MO $410
W. W. Hastings Indian Hospital Tahlequah , OK $1,550
MRI Diagnostic Center of Mi Flint , MI $400
Lifescan Imaging Somerset , KY $370
Rutherford Hospital Rutherfordton , NC $750
Paradox Jennings , LA $370
Mahaska Hospital Oskaloosa , IA $1,500
Self Regional Healthcare Greenwood , SC $675
Pennyrile Radiology Hopkinsville , KY $370
Upstate Carolina Medical Center Gaffney , SC $875
The Medical Center at Bowling Green Bowling Green , KY $950
Open MRI of Dubois Du Bois , PA $390
Olean Open MRI Olean , NY $390
Imaging Consultants of Findlay Findlay , OH $400
Columbia Pacific Imaging Astoria , OR $390
Central Georgia PET Macon , GA $380
Meadville Medical Center Meadville , PA $575
Herrick Medical Center Tecumseh , MI $1,650
Central Carolina Hospital Sanford , NC $1,300
Vanguard Imaging Partners Middletown , OH $400
Carondelet Medical Mall at Rita Ranch Tucson , AZ $410
First MRI Bangor , ME $380

More about Ultrasound Procedures

Ultrasound Patient Preparation

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an Ultrasound exam vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. Let your doctor or technician know if you are allergic to latex or anything else prior to the test. Wear comfortable clothing and possibly even older clothing because of the gel which may be applied to your skin and may get on your cloths. For a transabdominal Ultrasound, you will be asked to drink several glasses of water or other liquid one to two hours before the procedure. Do not empty your bladder until the procedure is over. For a transvaginal Ultrasound, you should empty your bladder right before the procedure.

What to expect during and after an Ultrasound Procedure

An Ultrasound is a relatively painless procedure. The only discomfort may come from the cool gel which is applied to the area being scanned. Most Ultrasound procedures can be performed in your physician’s office or a stand alone imaging center, on an outpatient basis, or as part of your stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and the facilities particular practices. The overall preparation and test will take approximately 30 minutes not including waiting time.

Prior to starting the procedure, you will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry or other objects which may interfere with the scan. If you are required to remove all your clothing you will be given a hospital gown to wear. Once ready to start the Ultrasound, for a transabdominal Ultrasound the technician will get you to lie down on your back on the examination table and expose the area being studied. For a transvaginal Ultrasound, the technician will ask you to lie down on your back with your feet and legs supported as for a pelvic examination. For a breast Ultrasound, the technician will ask you to lie flat on your back with your arms held over your head. The technician will then apply a gel like substance to the area being studied. For a transabdominal and breast Ultrasound, the transducer will be pressed against the skin and moved around over the area being studied. For a transvaginal Ultrasound, a long thin transducer will be inserted into the vagina and gently turned and angled towards the area being studied. If blood flow is being assessed, you may hear a "whoosh, whoosh" sound when the Doppler probe is used. Images of structures will be displayed on the computer screen. Images will be recorded on various media for the healthcare record.

Once the procedure has been completed, the gel will be removed. Your Ultrasound results will be interpreted by a trained doctor or technician and then discussed with you immediately following the procedure.

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