Trying to get costs of Ultrasound scans can be challenging. Even when you have the information, it's not clear what exactly you might be paying for. What body parts are included? Does the price include the Radiology report? And what if you need additional testing? This post will be a work in progress, but I hope it sheds some light on what Ultrasound scan costs include and don't include...
Prices vary by body part and medical condition
Most Ultrasound scan exams each have different prices. For example, an Ultrasound of the Abdomen may not cost the same as an Ultrasound of the Thyroid. Your test might also be two different tests bundled into one order. An Ultrasound scan to evaluate the uterus and ovaries is frequently two billable scans - a transabdominal ultrasound and a transvaginal ultrasound.
Prices will vary from facility to facility
Ultrasound costs will vary in price even in the same town. Hospitals are generally more expensive and have less favorable cash fee schedules than their outpatient counterparts. Hospitals are also less likely to negotiate prices with you.
Materials used during the ultrasound scan are included
Gel is used to lubricate the probe that is placed over the body part being scanned. The probe is covered by a disposable plastic sheath. Occasionally special "stand off" pads are used to examine superficial skin structures. There are no separate charges for these items.
The Radiology report is included
Ultrasound scan costs include the official Radiologist interpretation. This includes comparing to older scans even if done at another hospital or imaging center. Your doctor receives a copy of the report.
Copies of the CD or films
Sometimes you'll be asked to take a CD or films of your Ultrasound scan to your doctor to review. Most facilities will give you a copy, if requested, free of charge.
Call back for additional images may not be included
You won't be charged for call backs if due to technical issues or if you were unable to complete the exam because of pain. However, if it is for "more testing", then yes, there will be additional costs.
The bottom line...
Ultrasound prices can vary widely depending on the exact test, number of views, your location and whether you choose to go to an outpatient facility or a hospital. Our research shows an average cost of about $150 for an ultrasound study with prices ranging from $100 to over $350.
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