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How Much Does an Ultrasound Cost?

 
 average costAverage: $200 
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An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, which are transmitted through the abdomen to produce images of a baby inside the womb. An ultrasound, also referred to as a sonogram, is performed on most pregnant women at 20 weeks to confirm that the placenta is healthy and to measure the baby's growth and development.

Typical costs:

  • An ultrasound performed by a licensed medical professional - either a physician or a registered medical diagnostic sonographer - usually costs around $200 according to Parenting Magazine. Medical insurance generally covers the cost of an ultrasound if it is deemed medically necessary.
  • If an expectant mother gets an ultrasound only to see the baby or to find out its sex, the insurance company may not pay for the procedure. The cost of an ultrasound varies by insurance plan.
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What should be included:
  • Gel is rubbed on the mother's belly, and a transducer is gently pressed against the skin on the abdomen, sending sound waves that reflect images of the baby that appear on a television monitor. The sonographer records measurements and takes still pictures, which can be taken home.
  • During the first trimester, ultrasounds are often done through the vagina with a specially designed probe and can provide better images. An ultrasound takes 15 to 20 minutes. While not 100 percent accurate, ultrasounds can pick up most serious birth defects or problem pregnancies.
  • The more experienced the doctor or technician, the more accurate the results. Some facilities are accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine[1] .
Additional costs:
  • So called "keepsake" ultrasounds performed at stand-alone ultrasound facilities not affiliated with medical offices or clinics perform 3-D images for a range of prices starting at $99 and running up to $300 for black-and-white pictures, videos, CD photo slideshows and color photos. However, the American Institute of Ultrasound and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not recommend ultrasounds[2] for non-medical or entertainment purposes. Unskilled technicians incorrectly interpret ultrasounds, and equipment may not be in good working order.
Shopping for an ultrasound:
  • Startby asking your health insurance company whether the procedure will be covered. If you don't have insurance, or your insurance company won't cover the cost of a sonogram, ask your obstetrician, midwife or other healthcare provider for the names of experienced, licensed sonographers in your area. Many obstetricians perform ultrasounds themselves.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
 
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OB Ultrasound Indiana University Health
Amount: $3,699.00
Posted by: One Angry Momma in indianapolis, IN.Posted: September 19th, 2014 11:09AM
Covered by Insurance?: 80%Medical Center: Indiana University Health
I tested low on my biochemicals when I had a quad screen, which I think was taken a little too early anyway. To make sure baby was okay, after I had an ultrasound in the doctor's office and everything seemed to be fine, my doctor recommended a second ultrasound out of office. I agreed, what could it hurt to check baby again to rule out possible trisomy 18. Well it hurt my pockets big time. The same exact thing performed at a different location 2.5 hours away cost me 20 times the usual cost. I think my doctor should have explained that the 2nd ultrasound would cost almost as much as the delivery of my baby. Ridiculous!!! I am taking this public. Basically they inflate the cost so much that it cancels out having insurance. after 80% being covered, I will owe out of pocket what the highest cost of an ultrasound should have been. This is my 4th child and I have had to do this before, with my first, and an ultrasound has never cost me this much. Again, Ridiculous!!!
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Regence Insurance Pregnancy Ultrasounds and Screening
Amount: $2,900.00
Posted by: Dee12 in Auburn, WA.Posted: July 24th, 2014 11:07AM
Covered by Insurance?: 0Medical Center: Valley Medical
I just spent HOURS over the last several days arguing with Regence. Since The Affordable Care Act came into law in 2014, Regence changed their maternal and prenatal coverage. They only cover 2 ultrasounds the whole pregnancy unless deemed "medically necessary" by your OB AND even then they automatically deny and they make you do an appeal and then they might cover any additional ultrasounds. Did I mention they no longer cover ANY screening, genetic tests, or any other preventative care for the baby while in utero? Wow - am I glad I pay upwards of $300 a month. I am so disappointed in Regence and am ashamed that they don't see the need to screen babies for birth defects and life threatening illnesses.
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ultrasound screening
Amount: $534.00
Posted by: James R Chapman in chelsea, MI.Posted: July 2nd, 2013 05:07AM
Covered by Insurance?: NO!Medical Center: Chelsea Michigan
sent in for ultrasonic screening. Blue Cross would not pay as it was "not" medically necessary.

it was all about the billing code!!
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Obstetric ultrasound
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Genevieve. in Qld, Other.Posted: April 22nd, 2013 06:04AM
Covered by Insurance?: YesMedical Center: All over Australia
I am a Sonologist in Australia and needing an obstetric scan whilst on holidays in America. I perform dozens of these scans- all types- everyday and they are completely covered by the government. When a foreign patient presents the most they pay is around $150. I thought it would be easy and relatively cheap to get my scan done whilst in the states. Apparently not so!!
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Ultrasound for Fibroids
Amount: $2,387.11
Posted by: a user in Bayonne, NJ.Posted: March 25th, 2013 07:03PM
Covered by Insurance?: 571.36Medical Center: Bayonne Medical Center, NJ
I went to see my regular doctor for a sinus infection and he felt my stomach. He wasn't sure if what I had was a fibroid and since he's not a gynecologist, he told me to go to the hospital immediately for an ultrasound to check the large bump on my stomach. I didn't question him and went immediately to the hospital by my house for the ultrasound. It turns out that the hospital closest to my home is not in my insurance network. I now owe $1815.75. I'm really upset and wondering what the hell we're paying for here. I'm calling the insurance company to see what I can do.
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Abdominal/ Transvaginal Ultrasound
Amount: $4,460.00
Posted by: bebkam in Pembroke Pines, FL.Posted: March 22nd, 2013 07:03AM
Covered by Insurance?: $4226.64Medical Center: Baptist Outpatient Service
These people are a set of crooks. I went in for 2 ultrasound. The first I paid my co-payment of$35 the second I question and was billed $99.56 after the sevice. Then I got a letter from a collector 3 months after for $98.80 an attional payment for the first service that I never receive. I was treated like a common criminal when I questioned this additional charges, which I paid but will never go back for nothing.
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ultrasound
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: a user in ocala, FL.Posted: January 24th, 2013 12:01PM
how can the price very so much! express care it's 135.00-165.00 however at my doctors office they want 1000.00 whats up with that!
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OB ultrasound at no cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Neka in San Antonio, TX.Posted: October 30th, 2012 01:10PM
Covered by Insurance?: noMedical Center: Sanford Brown College
I participated as a pregnant model at Sanford Brown College in San Antonio. They didn't charge me a dime, but had to be displayed in front of a bunch of students so the instructor could explain the exam She showed me my baby and even gave me a few pictures to take home. I did have to contact my doctor to get a written approval beforehand, but it's nice that they offer this to the public, and then they get to educate their students.
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heart ultrasound
Amount: $2,103.00
Posted by: levi in denver, CO.Posted: September 12th, 2012 07:09AM
Covered by Insurance?: 80Medical Center: in an office of cardilogist
what is the going cost of this 20 minute procedure
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32 week ultrasound
Amount: $780.00
Posted by: Tara M in Issaquah, WA.Posted: July 3rd, 2012 05:07PM
Covered by Insurance?: yesMedical Center: Obstetrix at Swedish in Issaquah, WA
Obstetrix charged my Regence/Blue Shield insurance $780, my insurance allowed $369 as the highest possible ultrasound price, and paid most of that amount. I ended up paying $74 of that (%80 coverage after deductible). 5-2012
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First Trimester Ultrasound
Amount: $760.00
Posted by: hautemama2010 in Grafton, WI.Posted: April 15th, 2012 09:04PM
Covered by Insurance?: YesMedical Center: Aurora Hospital, Grafton, WI
Went in to get checked out due to spotting. Had a 15 minute session where both an external and transvaginal ultrasound was performed. The bill was astounding, not to mention it added insult to injury due to the fact that I lost the baby. The original amount before the negotiated rate was over $1200, which is the amount I'll have to pay should I go on to have a successful pregnancy (I have an individual policy that does not cover routine maternity care.) Yeah... I'm going to be looking for another option when I get pregnant again!
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Scamming already-scared women!
Amount: $265.00
Posted by: Samarah in Houston, TX.Posted: April 11th, 2012 06:04PM
Covered by Insurance?: only after $750 deductableMedical Center: Memorial Hermann Imaging
got my "diagnostic" mammogram done. They insisted on calling it "diagnostic" b/c my doctor wanted an area checked. That cost me $265 out of pocket because of my $750 deductable. A so-called "screening" mammogram is totally covered by BCBS once a year. (They got the "BS" part right!!!) They told me (BEFORE SENDING PICTURES TO MY DOCTOR) that they would "have to refer me for an ultrasound because it was standard procedure when the doctor felt something". Translation: we've figured out a new way to scam innocent women because of the vulnerable position they have found themselves in. That WOULD have cost me at least $200-300 MORE out of pocket. I waited about one week and saw results "NORMAL" on my doctor's website. However, they called her the day of the mammogram and told her to write a referral for the ultrasound. Tell me if I'm wrong: shouldn't the doctor get to see the pics first, then decide whether to refer for further testing? The way it was done was suspicious, and definitely sounds like a medical racket. I will get to talk to my doctor tomorrow and hopefully get to the bottom of this crap.
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Ultrasound
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: Araceli in Monterrey, Other.Posted: March 1st, 2012 10:03AM
Covered by Insurance?: noMedical Center: Private Medical Center
It´s a simple procedure and they just charge what it is. The doctor was really good precise, kind, and filled out really detailed the form that my doctor asked.
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Pelvic OB Ultrasound (check cervical length)
Amount: $7,316.00
Posted by: Have been scammed!!! in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: December 19th, 2011 01:12PM
Covered by Insurance?: 2,784Medical Center: Penn Care OBGYN (Penn Hospital)
Had my 20 week anatomy ultrasound and they wanted to check my cervical length to be sure. They billed $323 for the anatomy scan which is fine and then billed $7,316 for the pelvic ultrasound that was done by a resident and took less than 60 seconds. After non-allowable amount and my insurance I owe $696.20 for the pelvic ultrasound. I am furious. How do you charge over $7,000 for a pelvic ultrasound that took 60 seconds???????? If they do not adjust my bill, you will see this on the news. I am fighting this!!!!!!!
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kate
Amount: $48.00
Posted by: kate5796 in seoul, .Posted: September 24th, 2011 12:09AM
Covered by Insurance?: noMedical Center: obgyn
Im in South Korea right now and it costs me 48 dollars to get a weekly ultrasound done because it isnt covered by insurance tho i dont have to pay for doc visits and the.gov here gave me 400 dollars to spend on at the doctors. The doctors are good but not as thorough as American docs but still not bad and much cheaper.
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Pelvic Ultrasound-St. Croix Regional Medical Center
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: AA in St. Croix Falls, WI.Posted: June 16th, 2011 07:06PM
Covered by Insurance?: YesMedical Center: St. Croix Regional Medical Center
I had an accidental lapse in insurance when I got my pelvic ultrasound so I had to pay the cash rates. The rate was $1100 and some change and they gave me a 20% discount (woohoo-not) so I ended up paying over $800.00. Still way too much for an ultrasound.
Upon receiving an EOB for other services I noted that SCRMC billed services are higher than other area clinics, however, they're nicer. The billing department will fill you in on cash rates for specific services (you need to know what exactly you're getting) if you call.
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expensive cardio ultrasound which answered NOTHING
Amount: $2,688.05
Posted by: feeling ripped off and frustrated in Austin, TX.Posted: February 8th, 2011 10:02AM
Covered by Insurance?: yes, partiallyMedical Center: Frontera Strategies LP
wife has had MVP all her life, finally decided to get it checked for the first time since she was 15, big mistake, $2688.05 billed, we have to pay $1092.16 for tests that literally told us nothing. Planning to dispute but not optimistic about getting anywhere.
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Breast Ultrasound
Amount: $765.00
Posted by: eaf in Longmont, CO.Posted: January 31st, 2011 11:01AM
Covered by Insurance?: after 2000.00 ded.Medical Center: Longmont United Hospital
Women's Diagnostic Center at Longmont United Hosptial charged 765.00 for a simple breast ultrasound after a suspicious mamogram. Insurance wouldn't pay, as a $2000.00 deductible had to be met first. Outrageous!
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$200? Where?
Amount: $465.00
Posted by: ah in Walnut Creek, CA.Posted: January 26th, 2011 04:01PM
Covered by Insurance?: yesMedical Center:
Prenatal ultrasound in SF East Bay Area is over $400 w/no insurance, and if you have insurance then it depends on your co-pay. With our insurance its a $99 copay.
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Upcoming Breast US
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: bubblesbanks in Carlsbad, NM.Posted: November 21st, 2010 06:11PM
Covered by Insurance?: NoMedical Center: Carlsbad Medical Center
I work in the medical field, but have choosen to have no insurance, because the increased cost was more then what health care I use. Just found a lump in my L breast. Set-up appointments with the local hospital, and tried to set-up a payment plan. They would not give me a cost for the mammogram or US. They said they could not set-up the account till after the cost have been incurred. Hmmmm......smell fishy? From all the responders post here it looks like my US could be $280 to $3000. I will keep you posted, but I think we as consumers should be told straight-up what the cost of test are going to be. It is part of the patient's rights to know. I will keep everyone posted on what becomes of this adventure.
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ultrasound sonogram/heart
Amount: $20.00
Posted by: johnlou in Kittanning, PA.Posted: November 21st, 2010 05:11PM
Covered by Insurance?: medicareMedical Center: armstrong county memorial hosp
went to my cardiologist for yearly check up and was requested to have a sonogram in his interest as to my 81 year old mild heart valve condition. Never explained a co-payment even though it is small, and thought that it would be covered by medicare and my $35 doctor visit copayment $20 the bill was $1,725 to medicare. you think they would have been happy to cover the mesily $20 for them , but is a dent in my retirement at my age and lack of funds for this sort of greed of health care. darn if i will go back for any analitical procedure requested by any doctor that benefits him, and should have paid for it himself for this type of information, if he wants to ride the medical train then he should pay the ticket.
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abdominal, pelvic, transvaginal
Amount: $3,400.00
Posted by: a user in Winfield, IL.Posted: November 5th, 2010 11:11AM
Covered by Insurance?: I hopd so...Medical Center: Central Dupage Hospital
Wow. I just recieved the bill from the hospital this week for 3 ultrasounds. I have been having pain in my right pelvic region so my doctor ordered all 3. $3,400!! That's just unbelievable. Hopefully my insurance will cover all of it. Still waiting to get the paperwork to see how much it covers
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