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    How much does an Ultrasound cost?

    Posted by John Holden on Wed, Mar 25, 2009

    ultrasound scan RemakeHealthTrying 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.

    How much did your ultrasound test cost? Please leave your comments below:

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    why dont they just let insurance pay for it? More than one though of course. What if the first one is not that accurate??!!

    posted @ Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:41 AM by Brittany Wolfe

    My husband recently had an ultrasound done as order by his dr. and with a referral. The test was done outpatient at a hospital and took maybe 15-20 minutes. Today we recieved a statement from insurance showing 16 charges for "routine lab services" totaling $3,025.00 and of course the inusrance is saying they will cover $398.03 but are applying that to a deductible. Is this typical?

    posted @ Tuesday, June 08, 2010 8:55 AM by Karen

    Hi Karen, 
    An ultrasound exam of one body part should be at most 3 charges. It's hard to say why they are covering only $398.03 for your plan without knowing the details. But it sounds typical for high deductible plans. Double check with your insurance that the right charges were applied.

    posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:51 PM by Ravi Sohal

    My ultrasound was to check liver and gallbladder. I was asked before the test to prepay $100 and did. I asked if this was the typical amount not paid by insurance and was told depends on insurance plan. My bill was $718 with $500 deductible, insurance paid $151. Looks like I will also receive a bill for reading of $118.

    posted @ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:17 AM by Leona

    Hi, I m shyni , my father in law is facing problem with liver doctor told him to do the sonography of liver as the doctor suspect that he has a stone in liver... just want to know that what will be the cost of liver sonography ... pls help ASAP with exact answer

    posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 9:49 PM by shyni abraham

    My husband had a bulging thing on his back up below the right lung. 
    and he also has a purple whole side of left lower abdominal side. 
    we should do ultrasound or x-ray or ct scan.i am confused.please tell me .i donot have insurance

    posted @ Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:25 AM by urmila

    I was ordered a dvt ultrasound of my legs at a community hospital which was charged $950. After insurance paid my total due was $723.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:39 PM by mia hadley

    I recently had to get an ultrasound (doctor's orders) on my legs to check for clots because my feet & ankles were so swollen I could hardly walk. My insurance company was billed $20,000! Only 50% of that was claimable because it was out of network. So out of the $10,000 my insurance paid $6,000, leaving me with a bill for the remaining $14,000! And to top it all off... none of that is being applied toward my $2,000 deductible & a little more than $4,000 is going towards my yearly maximum payout of $10,000! How does that work???

    posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 6:12 PM by Gina N

    I recently had to get an ultrasound (doctors orders) to check for blood clots in my legs because my feet and ankles were so swollen I could barely walk. My insurance company was billed $20,000 to which only 50% was covered due to the hospital I was told to go to was out of network. Out of the $10,000 my insurance co only paid $6,000 leaving me with a bill for the remaining $14,000! To top it all off none of that was applied toward my $2,000 deductible and only $4,000 of all of that was applied towards my yearly $10,000 maximum out of pocket expense... how does that work???

    posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 6:30 PM by Gina N

    I just got a bill for an ultrasound of my arm that cost $1188.00.PA ordered for possible blood clot which there wasn't.this is ridiculous.

    posted @ Thursday, February 06, 2014 4:40 PM by Bonnie Temple

    id like the price of a pregnancy ultra sound

    posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 3:16 PM by angela

    As I follow your article, I am convinced that your concerns are to protect the health industry,and not to assist the vulnerable and sometimes desperate patient. Healthcare does not reside in the USA. This has ceased to exist it has been hideously transformed into a profit-making industry, and God help any who are swept up into its tentacles.

    posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 8:22 AM by Joseph Olson

    Thyroid ultrasound: 600.00 plus additional cost for interpretation.  
    Oh, yes we did get 120.00 discount so "only" 480.00 BTW it was two of them.. 
    so 960.00 out of pocket for just the test.

    posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 6:15 PM by tom

    my request is that kindly advise me that I have stone in gallbladder and have poor flow of urine so I need to check these by an ultrasound I have no hospital it will cheap or out side. Thank you

    posted @ Sunday, April 05, 2015 8:06 AM by Fazal khay tak

    Got an ultrasound of my leg for a possible DVT at local hospital because clinic's technician was on vacation. Billed amount is $1,278 plus change, plus blood test for DVT and office call. As I expected, no DVT was present.

    posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 11:39 AM by Bruce

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