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 $106
36415 Routine venipuncture (i.e., starting an IV or drawing blood) $23
70450 CT scan head/brain without dye $1,467
71046 Chest X-ray exam (2 views front and side) $370
73080 X-ray exam of elbow $287
73090 X-ray exam of forearm $298
73110 X-ray exam of wrist $216
73130 X-ray exam of hand $287
73140 X-ray exam of finger(s) $274
73562 X-ray exam of knee $346
73590 X-ray exam of lower leg $300
73610 X-ray exam of ankle $287
73630 X-ray exam of foot $287
74018 X-ray exam of abdomen 1 view $264
74021 X-ray exam of abdomen 3 or more views $410
76376 3D rendering with interpretation CT, MRI or ultrasound $154
76705 Ultrasound exam of abdomen $679
80053 Comprehensive metabolic panel $158
80307 Presumptive drug testing (non-specific for drugs or drug classes) $216
80320 Drug screen (alcohol) (definitive) $60
81001 Urine test (auto with scope) $112
81025 Urine pregnancy test $86
83605 Lactate $151
83690 Lipase test $171
84443 TSH (test thyroid stimulating hormone) $103
85025 Complete blood count test $122
85652 Red blood cell sedimentation rate (automated) $54
86140 C-reactive protein $64
87040 Blood culture for bacteria $301
87077 Culture, bacterial, aerobic definitive identification $66
87081 Culture screen only $288
87086 Urine culture/colony count $70
87088 Urine bacteria culture $89
87186 Antimicrobial agent susceptibility study $100
87205 Smear gram stain $79
87502 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, first two types $145
87503 Influenza DNA detection by amplified probe technique, each additional type beyond the first two $73
87581 Mycoplasma pneumonia testing $58
87633 Respiratory viral panel test (RSV, rhinovirus, adenovirus, influenza, etc.) $598
87798 Infectious agent detection by amplified probe technique $58
90791 Psychiatric diagnostic evaluation $1,439
94640 Airway inhalation treatment $124
96360 First hour intravenous (IV) hydration $280
96361 Additional hour intravenous (IV) hydration $182
96372 Intramuscular or subcutaneous medication injection $109
96374 First intravenous medication, push technique $258
96374 First intravenous medication, push technique $235
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $234
96375 Additional intravenous medication, push technique $213
99157 Moderate sedation – additional 15 minutes $51