How much does it cost to do X-ray in Nigeria? Different types of X-rays and their prices in Nigeria
X-ray or radiography uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images of the body’s internal structures.
X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
Uses of X-ray
They are often used to help diagnose fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue. Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.
An X-ray takes a picture of the inside of your body. Doctors use them to diagnose:
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Abdominal pain, in some instances
- Tooth decay
An X-ray can be used to check your lungs for signs of pneumonia or tuberculosis, to figure out why you have shortness of breath, or to see if you have heart failure.
Preparation and what happens during taking the Xray
Most X-rays don’t require any special preparation. The doctor may ask you to take off jewelry, eyeglasses, or any metal objects or clothing that could get in the way of the image.
Doctors can take images while you stand up or lie down. It depends on the area of your body being examined. The X-ray tube hangs over the table. The film is in a drawer under the table. For children, they may be restrained to enable them cooperate while taking the film.
When will X-ray results be ready?
Immediately. Xray images are digital, so a doctor can see them on a screen within minutes in an emergency. For non-emergency situations, it may take a day or so for the doctor to review the X-ray and get back to you with the results.
How much does it cost to do X-ray in Nigeria?
It depends on your location, the diagnostic centre and the part of the part of your body that pictures will be taken from. Here is a compilation of x-ray prices I got from a reputable radiodiagnostic centre in Nigeria with branches in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ibadan, Benin city, and Kaduna.
- Mammography (X-ray of the breast) : #5,000
- Chest X-ray : #5,000 Naira
- Abdominal X-ray : #4,500 Naira
- Skull X-ray : N5,000 Naira
- Limbs (leg, knee, thigh, foot, shoulder, arm, forearm, elbow, wrist) : it is #5,000 Naira to do any of the listed X-ray type in bracket.
- Knee X-ray : #5,000
- Pelvic X-ray (X-ray of the waist) : #4,000 Naira
- Cervical spine X-ray (Neck X-ray) : #4,000
- Lumbar spinal X-ray (back X-ray for low back pain). Also known as lumbosacral spine X-ray : #4,500
- Shoulder X-ray: #5,200 naira
- Thoracolumbar Spine X-ray(upper back) : 5,000 Naira
- X-ray of the Paranasal sinuses: #7,000 Naira