How Much Does a CT (CAT) Scan Cost?

A CAT scan, also referred to as a CT SCAN, is a noninvasive medical test that will help your doctor diagnose and treat certain medical conditions such as cancer, infections, trauma, musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular disease.  These scans can also help a physician when performing a biopsy.

CT Scan by frankieleon, on Flickr
CT Scan” (CC BY 2.0) by frankieleon

How much does a cat scan cost?

Geographical LocationAverage Price
Atlanta, GA$1,700 to $2,000
Chicago, IL$1,800 to $2,100
Dallas, TX$1,400 to $1,700
Houston, TX$1,500 to $1,800
Los Angeles, CA$1,600 to $1,900
Miami, FL$1,500 to $1,800
New York, NY$1,900 to $2,300
Philadelphia, PA$1,800 to $2,100
Phoenix, AZ$1,400 to $1,700
Body PartContrast?Price Average
AbdomenNo$590
AbdomenYes$1,100
Abdomen and PelvisNo$550
Abdomen and PelvisYes$960
ChestNo$600
ChestYes$1,100
Exterior LowerYes$1,300
Exterior LowerNo$750
Facial BonesNo$500
Facial BonesYes$850
Head and BrainYes$750
Head and BrainNo$350
Lower SpineYes$380
Lower SpineNo$700
NeckNo$350
NeckYes$750
PelvisYes$700
PelvisNo$400
SpineNo$600
SpineYes$1,100

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Average Reported Cost: $5100

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Nancy (Albany,  New York) paid $2000.00 and said:

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Brian Lopes (Sacramento,  California) paid $8200.00 and said:

    Abdominal and pelvic CT scan in the Emergency Dept. at Methodist Hospital in Sacramento, CA. 3.5 hours in Emergency total bill was $17,508.00. I was just dehydrated. Is this supposed to be affordable? I know damn well that insurance companies do not pay these over inflated prices. This is beyond absurd

    Was it worth it? Yes

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