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Gateway Diagnostic Imaging

May 20, 2024

How much does an ultrasound cost in Dallas-Fort Worth?

Healthcare in the United States is considered the best in the world. That excellence, however, comes with a price. 

Medical costs are a concern for many Americans, so when your healthcare provider recommends you have an ultrasound, it might be wise to compare costs. 

When comparing costs make sure you also look for value and quality. Remember, your health is at stake.

The cost of an ultrasound in Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth area, with its population of over eight million, is one of the largest areas in the United States. 

The Metroplex now has dozens upon dozens of diagnostic imaging centers, all offering many imaging services, including ultrasound. 

So if your healthcare provider has recommended you get an ultrasound, it would be wise to compare costs, and the quality ratings of different imaging centers.

What is the price range for an ultrasound in Dallas-Fort Worth?

Ultrasound prices vary greatly throughout the United States. For an ultrasound, an estimated price nationally is $395. 

In the Dallas area, on average an ultrasound costs $164 when you take the median of the more than 120 image providers who perform ultrasounds. 

In Fort Worth, ultrasound costs range from $155 to $283. Of course, there are many different types of ultrasounds, and the costs of those can vary greatly.

How does the cost in Dallas-Fort Worth compare with the national average?

Ultrasound costs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area compare favorably with ultrasound costs nationally. 

Around the country, an ultrasound can cost almost $400, and ultrasound costs in the Metroplex range from $164-$283.

Does an ultrasound cost more at a hospital or at a diagnostic imaging center?

Ultrasounds usually cost more at a hospital than at a diagnostic imaging center because of several factors, like facility classification and overhead costs. 

Even if you have insurance, you may still expect to pay higher out-of-pocket costs at a hospital rather than at an imaging center.

Insurance coverage and your ultrasound costs

Whether you have or don’t have health insurance has a large bearing on the costs of your particular ultrasound. 

This is because some insurance plans have higher, out-of-pocket deductibles than other plans. Before you get an ultrasound, make sure you understand where you stand with your insurance.

Orthopedist doctor doing ultrasound examination of patient's knee.

How do I know if my insurance will cover ultrasounds?

Ultrasounds are commonly used to study a person’s abdominal and pelvic organs, muscles and tendons, or heart and blood vessels. An ultrasound is also used to study a developing fetus

Generally, if ordered by a healthcare provider, most insurance covers some or all ultrasounds, including fetal ultrasounds. However, this often depends on whether an obstetrics healthcare provider has deemed it medically necessary. 

Some insurance may only cover one ultrasound during pregnancy, so before your ultrasound, contact your insurance provider and find out for certain if ultrasounds are covered by your insurance.

How does your insurance coverage determine your out-of-pocket costs for an ultrasound?

Basically, your out-of-pocket costs for an ultrasound will depend on the specifics of your health insurance plan. 

Healthcare insurance is a financial safety net that helps cover the cost of medical expenses. It typically involves monthly premiums, deductibles, and copays. 

Patients pay premiums to the insurance company in exchange for coverage, while deductibles are the amount individuals must pay out of pocket before insurance starts covering costs. Co-pays are fixed amounts patients pay for specific services.

How do insurance plan specifics, like deductibles and copays, affect the cost?

Health insurance costs vary greatly because of age and other factors, but usually the higher your health insurance premiums, the lower your deductible and out-of-pocket costs will be. The lower your premiums, the higher your deductible and out-of-pocket costs will usually be. 

The system can be very complex, or even a little confusing. That’s why it’s best to contact your insurance provider for an explanation of the costs.

Saving money on your ultrasound at Gateway

To offer you high-quality affordable medical imaging, Gateway Diagnostic Imaging is  in-network with all major insurance companies including Blue Cross® Blue Shield®, UnitedHealthcare®, Aetna®, and Cigna®, and we accept CareCredit®

For those without insurance or who need financial assistance, we offer self-pay rates and, to those who qualify, medical financial assistance programs.

Best of all, our patients only get one bill for all services with global billing. You will not receive multiple bills for facility or radiologist fees.

Why does an ultrasound cost less at an imaging center than at a hospital?

There are several reasons why an ultrasound costs less at an imaging center than at a hospital. 

Imaging centers generally have lower overhead costs than hospitals, which allows them to offer ultrasounds at a lower price. 

Hospitals may charge more for ultrasounds to offset lower reimbursement rates from insurance providers, and imaging centers specialize in diagnostic imaging services, allowing them to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Where are Gateway’s imaging centers located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?

Gateway Diagnostic Imaging has 12 convenient locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and in Abilene, which offer extended and weekend hours. 

Does Gateway offer financial assistance for an ultrasound?

Depending on your financial status, Gateway Diagnostic Imaging offers financial assistance for an ultrasound. 

We keep our ultrasounds affordable by working with all major insurance companies, accepting CareCredit®, and offering financial assistance programs to ensure you can access the scans you need.

How to schedule your ultrasound with us

When you get your scan at one of our imaging centers, we’ll make sure you have access to affordable, high-quality medical imaging from specialized radiologists and certified technologists. 

Reach out to a Gateway imaging center near you, and schedule your ultrasound appointment today.

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