Prices of X-ray, MRI, Ultra Sound, and CT scan in Kenya

By mentioning X-ray, MRI, Ultra Sound, and CT scan in Kenya, everyone looks at you with shock as if you have uttered a new term but the reality is that the Kenyan health sector market is known for its fragile and unfixed prices. One facility can charge a patient a little money while the next health facility charges millions of money to access the same service. As such, patients have become sensitive to the prices charged by various facilities and have resorted to seeking these same services in government hospitals. But the public facilities are also not spared with their delays in results, long queues, and absenteeism of the technicians.

 

However, it would be imperative if the patients get to know the actual price set by the government.

  1. On average, a CT scan costs between Ksh 5, 000 and Ksh12, 000.
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) costs between Ksh 16, 000 to Ksh 33, 000.
  3. Ultrasound costs between Ksh 600 and Ksh 4, 000 while
  4. x-rays cost between Ksh1, 200, and Ksh 3, 000 depending on the facility. 

 

CT scans. Computed Tomography (CT) Scan allows view internal structures in your body in exceptional detail. It combines many X-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body.
Image result for ct scan
 
 
Read more about the Comprehensive list of Hospitals accepting NHIF cover for CT scan

Read more about the CT Scan cost in Kenya 2024-2025

 

Ultrasounds. ultrasound imaging which is generally non-invasive and uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body and achieves amazing results. It is ideal for routine imaging of areas such as the abdomen and pelvis as well as pregnancy scans.
 
 
X-rays. radiologists use X-rays in low doses to produce images that help to diagnose and detect bone fractures and breaks, lung problems, tumors and other medical conditions
 
 
Mammography. We offer mammography to quickly identify and effectively diagnose the early signs of breast cancer and offer the best hope for patients.
 
 
Interventional Radiology. Using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques, the Interventional Radiology service offers a variety of therapies, some of which are unavailable elsewhere in Kenya. It is a minimally invasive medical procedure conducted under the guidance of imaging technologies.

The costs above vary due to the unscrupulous nature of the doctors who earn money by referring patients to these facilities and in return, they are paid huge sums of money and the facility that pays a lot of money to doctors gets more referrals. “If this unethical culture of commissions and kickbacks is not stopped, it will discourage further investments in the medical sector. Much of the profits are being taken by the huge commissions demanded by unscrupulous doctors.”

Some facilities that have turned down demands for illegal commissions are losing out due to sharp reductions in the number of patients referred to them. Their ability to remain in operation is threatened even if they are offering quality services.

Another doctor who runs a private medical lab in the city lamented that some labs have resorted to taking shortcuts and compromising on certain costs to recoup the losses from the illegal commissions being demanded by dodgy doctors.

Many laboratories and diagnostic centers that pay commissions operate at below-par standards, thus relevant bodies should step in to ensure all facilities meet the minimum standards,” she said. “Corruption needs to be tackled openly and head-on like has been done in other countries for the medical industry to survive.”

 

                   Preparation for Xray Service

In general, no special preparation is needed before an X-ray is taken unless a special dye called a contrast medium is going to be used. Contrast mediums outline a specific body area internally. They can be swallowed, injected into a vein, or inserted rectally, and have a dull, opaque appearance on film.

If a contrast medium is used, patients may be asked not to eat or drink after midnight before the test, and the physician may make minor changes in how the patient takes medication. The physician will ask about the patient’s history of allergies to screen for a potential allergic reaction to the dye.

 

               X-ray Services - Female patients

They Should be sure to inform the examiner if they are or may be pregnant because X-rays can be harmful to fetuses in rare cases. In cases where the benefits of the x-ray outweigh the potential risks, pregnant women may wear a lead apron over their abdomen during the test.

A lead apron is also often worn by patients to help protect sex organs from X-rays. In high doses, women’s eggs and men’s sperm can be affected by radiation. However, the risk of this occurring as a result of an x-ray test is extremely low. Women should also inform the examiner if they have an IUD (a form of birth control) implanted.

 

Cost of CT Scan in various Kenyan counties 

State

CT Scan Cost Range (Kenyan Shilling)

Nairobi

6,000 – 8,500 KES

Mombasa

5,000 – 8,500 KES

Kisumu

5,000 – 8,000 KES

Eldoret

5,000 – 8,000 KES

Nakuru

6,000 – 53,900 KES

Nyeri

6,000 – 8,100 KES

Thika

6,500 – 9000 KES

Kisii

6,000 – 8,500 KES

Meru

5,000 – 8,500 KES

Malindi

6,000 – 9,000 KES

 

Types of CT Scans and Cost of CT Scan test in Kenya Hospitals

  1. Head CT (Brain):
    • Purpose: Evaluating brain injuries, tumors, or neurological conditions.
    • Cost Range: KES 6,000-9,000
  2. Chest CT:
    • Purpose: Used for examining the lungs, heart, and surrounding structures.
    • Cost Range: KES 5,000-9,000
  3. Abdominal CT:
    • Purpose: Used for assessing the abdominal organs like the liver, kidneys, and intestines.
    • Abdominal CT scan cost Range: KES 7,000-14,000
  4. Pelvic CT:
    • Purpose: Evaluating pelvic organs, including reproductive organs.
    • Pelvic CT scan costs: KES 6,000-14,000
  5. Spinal CT:
    • Purpose: Examining the spine for fractures, tumors, or disc issues.
    • Spinal CT scan cost: KES 10,500
  6. Sinus CT:
    • Purpose: Diagnose sinus infections, blockages, or structural issues.
    • Sinus CT scan test cost ranges from KES 4,000-9,500
  7. Temporal Bone CT:
    • Purpose: Assessing the ear and surrounding structures for issues like hearing loss.
    • Temporal bone CT scan cost: KES 7,000-10,500
  8. Neck CT scan:
    • Purpose: Examining structures like lymph nodes, thyroid, and blood vessels.
    • Neck CT scan cost ranges from Cost Range: KES 5,000-9,000
  9. Angiography CT:
    • Purpose: For visualizing blood vessels for conditions like aneurysms.
    • Angiography pulmonary CT scan cost range: KES 9,000-15,000
  10. Cardiac CT:
    • Purpose: For evaluating heart structure and blood flow.
    • Cardiac CT scan test costs: Cost Range: KES 7,000-11,000
  11. Chest CT scan (High-Resolution):
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging of lung tissue for conditions like fibrosis.
    • Chest CT scan test (High resolution) costs: KES 10,500
  12. Abdominal Angiography CT:
    • Purpose: For visualizing blood vessels in the abdomen.
    • Abdominal Angiography CT scan cost: KES 7,000-14,000
  13. Virtual Colonoscopy:
    • Purpose: Screening for colon polyps and cancers.
    • Virtual colonoscopy cost ranges: KES 9,000-16,000
  14. Musculoskeletal CT:
    • Purpose: For assessing bones and joints for fractures or arthritis.
    • Cost of Musculoskeletal CT scan: KES 5,000-80000
  15. Dental CT (Cone Beam):
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging for dental and maxillofacial conditions.
    • Dental CT scan test costs: KES 6,000-8,000
  16. Urography CT:
    • Purpose: For visualizing urinary tract structures.
    • Urography CT scan test cost: KES 7,000-14,000
  17. Adrenal Gland CT:
    • Purpose: For assessing the adrenal glands for tumors or abnormalities.
    • Adrenal Gland CT scan test cost: KES Cost Range: KES 7,000-20,000
  18. Whole-Body CT:
    • Purpose: For comprehensive imaging of various body structures.
    • Whole Body CT scan test- cost: KES 15,000-KES 30,0000
  19. Joint CT (e.g., Knee CT):
    • Purpose: For evaluating joints for injuries or degenerative conditions.
    • Joint/Knee CT scan test cost: KES 6,000-9,000
  20. Temporal Artery CT:
    • Purpose: blood vessels in the temples for conditions like vasculitis.
    • Temporal Artery CT scan test: Cost Range: KES 7,000-10,000
  21. Paranasal Sinus CT:
    • Purpose: For focusing on sinus structures for detailed imaging.
    • Paranasal Sinus CT scan cost: KES 5,000-8,000
  22. Myelography CT:
    • Purpose: Visualizing the spinal cord and nerve roots.
    • Myelography CT scan test cost: KES 6,000-8,500
  23. Cervical Spine CT:
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging of the cervical spine.
    • Cervical Spine CT scan cost: KES 7,500-9,000
  24. Thoracic Spine CT:
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging of the thoracic spine.
    • Thoracic spine CT scan cost: KES 5,500-9,000
  25. Lumbar Spine CT:
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging of the lumbar spine.
    • Lumbar Spine CT test cost: KES 7,000-9,000
  26. Brachial Plexus CT:
    • Purpose: To visualize the network of nerves in the shoulder.
    • Brachial Plexus CT scan cost: KES 7,000-10,000
  27. Facial Bone CT:
    • Purpose: For detailed imaging of facial bones.
    • Facial Bone CT scan test: KES 8,000-10,000
  28. Soft Tissue Neck CT:
    • Purpose: Assessing the soft tissues in the neck for abnormalities.
    • Soft tissue Neck CT scan cost: KES 6,000-9,000
  29. Upper Extremity CT (e.g., Hand CT):
    • Purpose: Evaluating bones and joints
    • Hand CT scan test costs KES 6,000-9,000
  30. Aortic/ Thoracic Angio
  • To determine the size of the aorta and to assess other problems with the blood vessels in the chest.
  • The cost of an Aortic/Thoracic Angio CT scan is KES 15,000-22,000

 

Additional information about the Cost of CT Scan Cost in Kenya

The cost of a CT scan test ranges from KES 6,000 to KES 15,000 depending on the body part being scanned and the medical facility. Government hospitals charge less than private medical facilities. For example, a CT Scan of the head (brain) costs KES 6,000 at Kenyatta National Hospital while the same costs KES 9,000 at a private diagnostic facility in Thika. However, you can use NHIF for the CT scan but must be pre-approved by NHIF for private facilities.

 

Pre-approval means you must fill out a form for the CT scan test and your NHIF details and the medical facility sends it to NHIF. You can proceed to have the test done after NHIF approves the CT scan test request.

 

The table below gives a summary of CT scan tests for various body parts and their prices (KES) in Nairobi and other cities and towns in the country). The CT scan prices may vary slightly depending on the hospital or health insurance company.

CT scan procedure

Cost in KES

CT scan of abdomen and pelvis

7,000-14,000

Head CT scan

6000-9,000

Chest CT scan with contrast

5000-9,500

CT scan paranasal sinuses

4000-9,500

CT scan of cervical spine

10,500

CT scan KUB

14,500

HRCT CHEST (HRCT)

10,500

CT scan of lumbar spine

10,500

CT scan of facial bones

7,000

CT scan of the neck, the base of the skull, and the neck

5,000-9,000

CT scan orbits

5000-8000

CT scan pulmonary angiography

7,000-14,500

CT scan shoulder

6,500-8,500

CT scan of thoracic spine

7,000-10,500

CT scan urography (with contrast)

7,000-14,500

CT unilateral femoral arteriogram

14,500

Four-vessel cerebral angiogram

14,500

Aortogram

8,000-14,500

Regional selective arteriogram

7,000-14,500

Bilateral CT femoral arteriogram

7,500-14,500

 

German Hospital offers CT SCAN if you have NHIF coverage but you must have preauthorization (NHIF has to be approved before treatment). 

German Medical Center CT scan cost KES 9,000 for NHIF but paying through cash costs KES 14,000

Kenyatta National Hospital CT scan costs KES 8,000-9,000

AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital CT Scan costs KES 11,000-12,000

Nakuru Provincial General Hospital CT scan cost KES 6,000-7,000

Nakuru War Memorial Hospital charges KES 9,000-10,000 for CT Scan

CT scan at Thika Mutunga Diagnostics costs KES 9,000-10,500 but can be paid through NHIF if not urgent within 48 hours after seeking pre-approval from NHIF.

Nazareth Hospital CT scan costs KES 9,000 

 



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  • 27/Jun/21 05:47pm

Hi,I need CT scan,how much is it?

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  • 24/Sep/21 07:33am

On average, a CT scan costs between Sh5, 000 and Sh12, 000. This depends on the facility you will take your scan from. Some facilities charge higher while others charge less.

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  • 28/Oct/21 07:40am

Hi, I need a Brain MRI, How much does it cost?

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  • 15/Nov/21 08:36am

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) costs between Sh16, 000 to Sh33, 000.

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  • 12/Nov/21 06:51pm

Hello am looking where i can take my father for Head CT scan

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  • 15/Nov/21 08:47am

The Head/Brain MRI in Nairobi / Mombasa / Kisumu / Nakuru / Eldoret diagnostic centers costs around KES 15,000-KES 25,000

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  • 23/Dec/21 06:50pm

How much does a knee MRI cost and where in Kenya?

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  • 26/Jan/22 07:52am

Good content here. I love how you made this article about ct scan simple.

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  • 28/Feb/22 04:58pm

How much does it cost for MRI for knee

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  • 27/Jun/22 03:59pm

Can range between kshs 8,000 to 1200

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  • 12/Apr/22 02:14pm

How much is breast mri scan and where

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  • 23/Apr/22 06:56pm

How much does it cost for left shoulder xray

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  • 21/Jun/22 04:44am

Hello, I need to take two MRI: Lumbosacral and Brachial plexus areas. Where is the best place and how much is the cost, please?

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  • 27/Jun/22 04:00pm

I am not sure if you will take MRI for each part or it's one combined MRI scan. However, it should cost between Kshs 8,000 to 15000

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  • 27/Jun/22 06:03pm

MRI for backbone please,how much is it

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How much back mri

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  • 04/Jul/22 06:51pm

How much is a heads x-ray?

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  • 05/Jul/22 06:02pm

I want to take my daughter for a stomach scan how much is it,am in kayole

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  • 17/Aug/22 10:08am

Hello, did you get any help? Am also in Kayole and I need CT scan or anything that can detect the cause of pain on my lower left ribcage, radiating all the way the the back

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  • 17/Aug/22 12:11pm

Go to knh ,utasaidika

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  • 24/Jul/22 08:51am

I have a child age one year What's the cost of head radiology at MTRH

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  • 25/Jul/22 08:06pm

How much is mri for head and right arm

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  • 17/Aug/22 06:19pm

I have a problem in my back muscles how much is it

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  • 24/Aug/22 09:06am

how much is the cost of pelvic MRI?

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  • 25/Aug/22 06:07am

A pelvic MRI in Kenya (Nairobi) will cost you around 8,000 to 15000. NHIF covers MRI scans but you must visit the clinic or hospital for registration and pre-authorization by NHIF services.

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  • 05/Sep/22 09:08am

Hallo, how much does a PET Scan cost?

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  • 30/Sep/22 03:19pm

How much for MRI scan head and shoulders

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  • 21/Oct/22 06:41pm

Do you need a doctor referral to get an MRI?

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  • 24/Oct/22 07:24am

Yes, you definitely need a doctor referral to get MRI

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  • 09/Dec/22 10:35am

Hi how much do you charge for chest Scan and does nNhif cover for it

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  • 09/Jan/23 12:07pm

I'm told that my husband is going for MRI in aga Khan hospital without seeing doctors requestion form. How possible.

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  • 09/Jan/23 01:07pm

It is mandatory to have the MRI request form from a doctor.

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  • 29/Jan/23 02:36pm

What does ct scan help the doctors

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What does ct scan help the doctors

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  • 07/Mar/23 12:19pm

How much for cxr and ECG tests

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  • 17/Mar/23 05:21pm

Hw much is the scan on the chest, left part is paining.

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How much is mammogram

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  • 05/May/23 08:49pm

Hello,how much is MRI of Lumbar Spine with contrast.Is there West Kenya in Nairobi

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How much for a full spine MRI

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  • 12/Aug/23 03:47pm

How much does it cost for a MRI scan in Kenyatta National Hospital

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  • 03/Oct/23 10:50am

The MRI scan cost in Kenyatta National Hospital is KES15,000.

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  • 20/Sep/23 09:35am

How much is pelvic/lower abdomen CT scan

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  • 10/Oct/23 07:03am

It will cost around 1200-2500 depending on which specific part. You can find the cost here Below is our article where you will find the list of prices of all X rays test in Kenya https://yourhealthcare.co.ke/price-of-x-ray-test-in-kenya-all-body-parts

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Below is our article where you will find the list of prices of all X rays test in Kenya https://yourhealthcare.co.ke/price-of-x-ray-test-in-kenya-all-body-parts

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How much does echo and ECG cost

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Hello. Thanks for detailed article. How much for MRI abdomen and Pelvic?

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