As of 2015, nuclear stress tests cost between $900 and $1200, according to Womens Health Advice. Health insurance plans may cover some of the stress test costs, but patients must cover the coinsurance percentage and the predetermined copay amount, claims CostHelper.
Factors that influence the cost of nuclear stress tests include medical equipment, radioactive materials and lab analysis, states CostHelper.
To complete a nuclear stress test, patients must first walk on a treadmill to increase heart rate, explains Women's Health Advice. Patients then receive an injection of radioactive materials that highlights blood flow. A scanner with a camera attached takes images of the patient's heart and arteries. Patients must complete two image scans for comparison, the first immediately after increasing heart rate, and another after the heart rate returns to normal.