Children's Hospital Colorado

The Most Common Diagnostic Tests and Procedures in Our Emergency Department

If you believe you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we are committed to consumer transparency and quality. It's important to us that patients and families have the information they need about the cost of care within our system. As part of this effort, we want to help you understand the most common charges for diagnostic tests and procedures that you may see when you visit one of our emergency departments (ED).

Do these diagnostic tests and procedures in the ED represent the total cost of care?

The charges listed for these healthcare services are estimates of what to expect when you visit a Children's Colorado ED without health insurance, and may vary based on the circumstances at the time that the service is rendered.

In addition to a hospital's charge for a facility fee in the ED, a typical emergency department visit will include charges for services such as imaging, labs, procedures, pharmacy and supplies. Please note that the charges below do not include physician or other certain health care providers' services. Patients may receive a separate bill for these services.

For more information, please read our billing guide for families.

I have health insurance. Will my charges be the same?

The information below applies to patients without health insurance (also called "self-pay"). The information does not apply to patients who have health insurance coverage through Medicaid, other government programs, an employer, or the private insurance market.

If a patient has health insurance, the amount the patient owes will depend on their plan and can include deductibles, co-payments and co-insurances. If you have health insurance, you should call your health insurer to determine accurate information about your financial responsibility for a particular healthcare service provided at Children's Colorado.

If you have questions about your bill, please contact our Patient Financial Services team at 720-777-6422.

Who should I call if I am uninsured and have questions?

If you are not covered by insurance, please call us at 720-777-7001 to talk to a financial counselor. They are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Common diagnostic tests and procedures in the Emergency Department

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Description of service Average self-pay rate
31720 Clearance of airways $130
36415 Routine venipuncture (i.e., starting an IV or drawing blood) $23
71046 Chest X-ray exam (2 views of front and side) $364
73080 X-ray exam of elbow $201
73090 X-ray exam of forearm $172
73110 X-ray exam of wrist $186
73130 X-ray exam of hand $199
73140 X-ray exam of finger(s) $185
73562 X-ray exam of knee $224
73610 X-ray exam of ankle $210
73630 X-ray exam of foot $222
74018 X-ray exam of abdomen (1 view) $217
74021 X-ray exam of abdomen (3 or more views) $348
76705 Ultrasound exam of abdomen $664
80048 Total metabolic panel, including total calcium $88
80053 Comprehensive metabolic panel $116
80305 Test for presence of drugs, with direct observation $65
80320 Drug screen (alcohol) $60
80329 Non-opioid pain relief (1 or 2 analgesics) $205
81001 Urine test (auto with scope) $112
81003 Urine test (auto without scope) $40
81025 Urine pregnancy test $54
82962 Blood sugar (glucose) test $45
83690 Lipase test $172
84443 Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test $66
85025 Complete blood count (CBC) test $86
85652 Red blood cell sedimentation rate (automated) $54
86140 C-reactive protein $65
87040 Blood culture for bacteria $304
87077 Culture, bacterial, aerobic definitive identification $67
87081 Culture screen only $73
87086 Urine culture/colony count $70
87088 Urine bacteria culture $90
87186 Antimicrobial agent susceptibility study $131
87205 Smear gram stain $80
87502 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, first two types $110
87503 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, each additional type beyond the first two $110
87798 Infectious agent detection by amplified probe technique $59
90791 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation $1,481
93005 Electrocardiogram tracing $256
93975 Vascular study (checking blood flow in arteries and veins) $588
94640 Airway inhalation treatment $307
96360 First hour intravenous (IV) hydration $331
96361 Additional hour intravenous (IV) hydration $152
96372 Intramuscular or subcutaneous medication injection $117
96374 First intravenous (IV) medication, push technique $262
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $238
98960 Self-management education and training $123
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Description of service Average self-pay rate
36415 Routine venipuncture (i.e., starting an IV or drawing blood) $23
70450 CT head/brain scan without dye $1,403
71046 Chest X-ray exam (2 views of front and side) $364
73090 X-ray exam of forearm $172
73110 X-ray exam of wrist $186
73140 X-ray exam of finger(s) $185
73590 X-ray exam of lower leg $185
73610 X-ray exam of ankle $210
73630 X-ray exam of foot $222
74018 X-ray exam of abdomen (1 view) $217
74021 X-ray exam of abdomen (3 or more views) $348
76705 Ultrasound exam of abdomen $664
80048 Total metabolic panel, including total calcium $88
80053 Comprehensive metabolic panel $116
80305 Test for presence of drugs, with direct observation $65
80320 Drug screen (alcohol) $60
80329 Non-opioid pain relief (1 or 2 analgesics) $205
81001 Urine test (auto with scope) $112
81003 Urine test (auto without scope) $40
81025 Urine pregnancy test $54
82803 Blood gases test $211
82962 Blood sugar (glucose) test $45
83605 Lactic acid test $148
83690 Lipase test $172
84443 Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test $66
85025 Complete blood count (CBC) test $86
85652 Red blood cell sedimentation rate (automated) $54
86140 C-reactive protein $65
87040 Blood culture for bacteria $304
87077 Culture, bacterial, aerobic definitive identification $67
87081 Culture screen only $73
87086 Urine culture/colony count $70
87186 Antimicrobial agent susceptibility study $101
87205 Smear gram stain $80
87502 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, first two types $110
87503 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, each additional type beyond the first two $110
87798 Infectious agent detection by amplified probe technique $59
87880 Strep A test with optic $48
90791 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation $1,481
93005 Electrocardiogram tracing $256
93975 Vascular study (checking blood flow in arteries and veins) $588
94640 Airway inhalation treatment $307
96360 First hour intravenous (IV) hydration $331
96361 Additional hour intravenous (IV) hydration $152
96372 Intramuscular or subcutaneous medication injection $117
96374 First intravenous (IV) medication, push technique $262
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $238
98960 Self-management education and training $123
99156 Moderate sedation services for patients under 5 years old $167
99157 Moderate sedation services for patients over 5 years old $99
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Code Description of service Average self-pay rate
36415 Routine venipuncture (i.e., starting an IV or drawing blood) $23
70360 X-ray exam of neck $173
70450 CT head or brain scan without dye $1,403
71045 Chest X-ray exam (1 view) $331
71046 Chest X-ray exam (2 views of front and side) $364
73080 X-ray exam of elbow $201
73090 X-ray exam of forearm $172
73110 X-ray exam of wrist $186
73130 X-ray exam of hand $199
73140 X-ray exam of finger(s) $185
73562 X-ray exam of knee $224
73590 X-ray exam of lower leg $185
73610 X-ray exam of ankle $210
73630 X-ray exam of foot $222
74018 X-ray exam of abdomen (1 view) $217
74021 X-ray exam of abdomen (3 or more views) $348
76376 3D rendering with interpretation (CT, MRI or ultrasound) $118
76705 Ultrasound exam of abdomen $664
80048 Total metabolic panel, including total calcium $146
80053 Comprehensive metabolic panel $296
80306 Test for presence of drugs, with instrument $280
81001 Urine test (auto with scope) $96
81025 Urine pregnancy test $100
82803 Blood gases test $289
82947 Blood sugar (glucose) test $66
83690 Lipase test $134
84443 Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test $219
85025 Complete blood count (CBC) test (with automated differential white blood cell count) $105
85027 Automated complete blood count (CBC) test $94
85610 Blood clotting test $74
85652 Red blood cell sedimentation rate (automated) $74
86140 C-reactive protein $87
87040 Blood culture for bacteria $132
87046 Stool culture for aerobic bacteria $100
87077 Culture, bacterial, aerobic definitive identification $86
87081 Culture screen only $90
87086 Urine culture/colony count $162
87147 Immunologic culture $100
87150 DNA/RNA amplified probe $63
87186 Antimicrobial agent susceptibility study $107
87880 Strep A test with optic $60
90791 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation $1,481
93005 Electrocardiogram tracing $256
93975 Vascular study (checking blood flow in arteries and veins) $588
94640 Airway inhalation treatment $307
96360 First hour intravenous (IV) hydration $331
96361 Additional hour intravenous (IV) hydration $152
96372 Intramuscular or subcutaneous medication injection $117
96374 First intravenous (IV) medication, push technique $262
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $238
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