X-rays are the most common diagnostic imaging test for bones, joints, and other body parts. These images can help doctors diagnose fractures, infections, tumors, and many other health issues. Fortunately, X-rays are very safe and non-invasive.
The cost of an X-ray will vary depending on where you get it. For example, a basic X-ray at a hospital will be more expensive than one at an urgent care center or private radiology practice. This higher cost is due to the extra equipment, training, and maintenance required by hospitals. Using a healthcare app like K Health can also help you compare prices between different locations and health facilities.
If you have insurance, your out-of-pocket costs for an X-ray should be very low or even zero. This is especially true if the test is medically necessary, meaning your doctor believes it will help you recover from an illness or injury. If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to save money on X-rays by visiting an urgent care center with lower prices.
Before you visit an urgent care or other health facility, talk to your doctor about what the X-rays are for and why they’re recommended. This will help you prepare for the procedure so you know what to expect. For example, you may need to lie on your stomach or stand up straight while the X-ray is being taken. You may also need to remove certain accessories, such as jewelry or eyeglasses. You may also be given a contrast medium, which will make the area of interest appear more clearly on the X-ray image. This is usually a barium or iodine solution that you either swallow or have injected.