Across all facilties, the average cash price for CT scan, head or brain, without contrast is $1,475. However, the price you pay varies significantly based on your location and any insurance coverage. Enter your zip code to search for nearby providers of this service and find the best rates.
A CT scan provides a detailed image of the brain tissue and structures that is much better than standard X-rays of the head. This helps provide more data related to injuries and diseases of the brain. It is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses special X-ray measurements to produce images of the brain that are either axial or horizontal.
The procedure can be done with or without "contrast." Contrast is a substance taken by mouth or injected intravenously that makes the particular organ or tissue being studied seen more clearly.
A brain CT may be performed to aid in the diagnosis of tumors and other lesions like injuries, infections, and bleeding. It is also useful in detecting strokes and evaluating the effects of treatments on tumors.
Brain CT scan involves the following steps:
You will be monitored for a few hours to check for any side effects if contrast media was injected during the procedure.
If you notice any swelling or pain at the IV site following the procedure, you should notify your physician as this could be an infection or other type of reaction.
Otherwise, there is no special type of care required after a CT of the brain. Most patients are can resume their usual diet and activities.
CT images are stored as electronic data files and are usually reviewed on a computer screen. A radiologist interprets these images and sends a report to your doctor.
It is recommended to follow up with a neurologist, a doctor who treats disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord, in case of any concerning findings.
Johns Hopkins: Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Brain