CT Scan Cost and CT Scan Procedures Information

A CT scan (also called a CAT scan) is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. CT scans allow physicians to rapidly create detailed pictures of the body allowing them to more easily diagnose problems such as cancers, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. CT scans may also be used to guide surgeons to the right area during a biopsy. CT scans are one of the more common imaging technologies used by physicians to analyze the internal structures of various parts of the body. There are approximately 52 million CT scan test performed each year making this one of the more common imaging technologies used by the medical field.

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CT Scan Cost Averages Around the Country

Price Range
Atlanta, GA CT Scan Cost Average $500 - $1,300
Chicago, IL CT Scan Cost Average $525 - $1,300
Los Angeles, CA CT Scan Cost Average $460 - $1,200
Miami, FL CT Scan Cost Average $490 - $1,300
Houston, TX CT Scan Cost Average $470 - $1,250
Dallas, TX CT Scan Cost Average $440 - $1,150
Phoenix, AZ CT Scan Cost Average $480 - $1,250
New York, NY CT Scan Cost Average $525 - $1,400
Philadelphia, PA CT Scan Cost Average $575 - $1,450
Washington, DC CT Scan Cost Average $500 - $1,300

Specific CT Scan Procedures and National Cost Averages

Price Range
CT Bone Density Scan Cost Average $300 - $3,800
Brain CT Scan Cost Average $825 - $4,800
CT Ear Cost Average $350 - $7,700
CT Maxillofacial (Sinus) Cost Average $600 - $6,000
CT Neck Cost Average $1,000 - $7,600
CT Spine and Neck Cost Average $1,000 - $9,300
Thoracic CT Scan - Thorax Cost Average $1,050 - $7,800
Chest CT Scan Cost Average $675 - $8,600
CT Scan of Abdomen Cost Average $1,750 - $9,500
Lumbar Spine CT Cost Average $750 - $10,200
CT Pelvis Scan Cost Average $1,700 - $10,200
CT Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand (CT Upper Extremity) Cost Average $625 - $8,400
CT Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip (CT Lower Extremity) Cost Average $650 - $11,200
Heart CT Scan Cost Average $625 - $12,700
CT Angiography - Head Cost Average $1,500 - $10,700
CT Angiography - Neck Cost Average $1,700 - $10,400
CT Angiography - Chest Cost Average $1,650 - $18,500
CT Angiography - Abdomen Cost Average $1,750 - $19,400
CT Angiography - Pelvis Cost Average $1,500 - $10,500
CT Angiography - Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, Hand Cost Average $650 - $10,100
CT Angiography - Foot, Ankle, Leg, Hip Cost Average $1,500 - $20,400
CT Angiography - Aorta Cost Average $1,750 - $13,600
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Featured Facilities that Perform CT Scan

Name Location Price Range
Maysville Diagnostic Center Maysville , KY $120 - $1,400
Missouri Valley Radiology Pierre , SD $120 - $1,400
Southwest Imaging Center Lawton , OK $120 - $1,400
Lifecare Diagnostics Seneca Falls , NY $130 - $1,450
Central Imaging and Radiology Chapel Hill , NC $130 - $1,500
Day Kimball Hospital Putnam , CT $320 - $1,900
Coolidge Corner Imaging Brookline , MA $180 - $2,000
Alpine Open Imaging Eagle , CO $140 - $1,600
Sauk Valley Open MRI Dixon , IL $130 - $1,450
Texas Diagnostic Imaging Center Amarillo , TX $130 - $1,450
North Idaho MRI Coeur D Alene , ID $120 - $1,400
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging of New Jersey Absecon , NJ $160 - $1,750
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Bozeman , MT $270 - $2,400
Mercy Imaging Centers Carmichael , CA $140 - $1,650
St Lukes Imaging Center Sioux City , IA $120 - $1,400
Murray-calloway County Hospital Murray , KY $490 - $2,625
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Storm Lake , IA $575 - $6,900
North Carolina Diagnostic Imaging Mooresville , NC $130 - $1,500
Advanced Imaging Partners Great Bend , KS $120 - $1,450
Billings Clinic Radiology Billings , MT $120 - $1,400
Open MRI of Decatur Decatur , AL $120 - $1,400
Redbud Community Hospital Clearlake , CA $750 - $7,800
Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg Kingsville , TX $1,050 - $6,400
Winona Community Memorial Hospital Winona , MN $440 - $2,475
Institute of Diagnostic Imaging Fargo , ND $120 - $1,400
Mainegeneral Medical Center - Waterville Campus Waterville , ME $410 - $2,325
Southern Utah MRI Cedar City , UT $130 - $1,500
SimonMed Imaging Phoenix , AZ $140 - $1,550
Bedford County Medical Center Shelbyville , TN $410 - $2,175
Valcour Imaging Plattsburgh , NY $130 - $1,450

More about CT Scan Procedures

CT Scan Introduction

CT scans (CAT Scan) use special x-ray equipment to produce multiple pictures of the inside of the body. Software joins the pictures together in cross-sectional views for detailed examination. CT scans can be used to view internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. These scans provide greater clarity than conventional x-ray exams. Often a special dye, called contrast, may be ingested to further enhance the scan images and the various structural relationships of the areas of interest. so that specific areas inside the body are highlighted. CT scans are often used to defining the structural relationships of the spin, the spinal cord, and its nerves. CT scans are also used in the chest to identify tumors, cysts, or infections that may be suspected on a chest x-ray. CT scans of the abdomen are extremely helpful in defining body organ anatomy, including visualizing the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, aorta, kidneys, uterus, and ovaries. CT scans in this area are used to verify the presence or absence of tumor, infection, abnormal anatomy, or changes of the body from trauma.

CT Scan Patient Preparation

Most facilities recommend that you limit eating and drinking prior to your CT scan. Try to reduce the amount of caffeine or sugar you consumer the day prior to your CT scan. Do not take liquid pills the morning of your exam. Other medications may be taken with water. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility. Wear loose and comfortable clothing, although depending upon the test some patients may be asked to change into a hospital gown for the examination. Do not take liquid pills the morning of your exam. Other medications may be taken with water. Bring a list of all your medications with you for review by the facility.

What to expect during and after a CAT Scan

The overall preparation and CT scan testing visit will take approximately 2 hours. Wear comfortable cloths. You may be required to change into a gown. Once you arrive at the CT scan facility you may receive a contrast agent (a liquid that enhances imaging of certain organs or blood vessels). Depending upon the type of CT scan the contrast agent may be administered orally, intravenously, or as an enema. The contrast agent will take about 45 minutes to properly distribute throughout your body. At the time of the procedure you will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that might interfere with the procedure which include dentures, eyeglasses, metal zippers and buttons. Upon entering the testing room you will be asked to lay down on the scanner bed. It is important that you lay still during the scan. If it is painful to lay flat and still on your back make sure you bring some form of pain medication. Make sure you tell the doctor or technician that you plan to take pain medication prior to having the test performed.

Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to wait until the technologist determines that the images are of high enough quality for the radiologist to read. Your CT scan will be interpreted by a trained radiologist and results are typically sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.

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