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.

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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
Abdomen and PelvisNo$550
Abdomen and PelvisYes$960
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

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Average Reported Cost: $7029.83

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. Nancy (Albany,  New York) paid $2000 and said:

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Brian Lopes (Sacramento,  California) paid $8200 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

  3. Carmen (Miami,Florida,  Florida) paid $6883 and said:

    Six hours in emergency at West Baptist Hospital in the waiting area for 4.CT scan of abdominal-pelvic w/o contrast less than 10 minutes.This is ridiculous.Previously went to a private place and paid 250.00 for the same scan with contrast.Unbelievable.They were more professional than the hospital itself plus gave me my scans.The hospital nothing.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  4. Beth (Seymour,  Indiana) paid $ and said:

    An abdominal cat scan to diagnose a kidney stone. Done in hospital through the ER. No contrast used. This was just the price of the scan. Total ER bill cost me $4200 for 3 1/2 hours.That is $1200/hour. So much for affordable health care. I pay the full shot, because since 2009 my deductible has gone up from $200/yr to $5500/yr. I appreciate the care, but there has to be a better answer. It’s time to repeal Obamacare.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  5. John (Kansas city,  Missouri) paid $25000 and said:


    Was it worth it? Yes

  6. Molly (Las Vegas,  Nevada) paid $96 and said:

    CT Scan Head (brain) no contrast paid in cash. $96! at SimonMed Imaging.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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