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A CT or MRI of the head rarely shows why a headache occurs or helps the doctor to manage your symptoms. Most people with migraines or tension headaches do not have a serious underlying problem. Having a CT of the head can expose you to unnecessary radiation that equals between 25 and 300 chest X-rays.
Imaging for headaches might be necessary if the neurological exam performed by your doctor is not normal or if the headache is accompanied with fever, seizures or loss of vision or speech.
Source: Choosing Wisely
Prices for MRI and CT scans have some of the greatest price variances in healthcare. The most important factor impacting the cost of your care will be which facility you use. Some imaging centers charge three to five times more than other centers. Hospitals are usually the most expensive, and “free-standing” (non-hospital) centers are usually less expensive.
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
For more information about the Fair Price, click here.
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