Whenever I ask Dave McAndrews, our Senior Vice President of Imaging Solutions, a question he needs to do a little research on, he just tells me the answer is “eleventy”. Well, we want to answer your questions here about CT scanner prices a bit more clearly (like $55,000-$275,000) so we're going to break it down Toy Story style; the bread and butter "Woody doll" of CT scanners (2-16 slice scanners) versus the "Buzz Lightyear" with all the bells, wings, and whistles (64+ slice CT).
Only Evil Emperor Zurg would have you click on a link to learn the basics – so let’s get to the point so you can save some money and feed Mr. Hamm.
Here's a basic overview of CT scanner prices, costs, expenses, and how much other CT scanner options are going to cost you.
The Bread and Butter
The "bread and butter" option applies to those looking to perform almost every kind of scan aside from cardiac. The best bet in balancing your clinical and economic needs with capital acquisition and service agreement costs will be a 4, 8 or 16 slice CT. If you're buying in the US, be sure you're aware of NEMA standard XR-29 and the effect it will have on your choice.
A four or “Quad” slice or 8 slice CT scanner will cost between $70,000-$100,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty. Additional services include applications training, site drawings and annual service agreements (ranging between $55,000-$95,000) and so on.
A sixteen slice scanner will cost between $95,000-$165,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty.
Your manufacture preference is a key component. While popularity can be disputed to all hours of the night - GE, Siemens, Philips, and Toshiba are without a doubt the major players in the CT scanner market today.
To Infinity and Beyond
Whether you’re looking for marketability or to meet a Physician’s or clinical demands, this is when good ol' Woody just won’t cut it. If you're looking to do cardiac studies then you'll want the Buzz Lightyear of CT scanners.
A 64 slice CT ranges between $150,000-$250,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty. While site planning and applications training costs may remain the same, the service agreements will cost more (ranging between $100,000-$125,000). After all, the CT Tube alone can cost as much as $220,000 to replace.
And as the slice counts keep going up (128, 256 and even 320 with the Toshiba Aquilion One) the costs and clinical capabilities go up too.
If you have more CT scanner questions, let us know. We’re here to serve you in navigating all the little green aliens of CT scanner project planning.
Written by Josh Block
Josh Block is the President of Block Imaging. He is also a husband, father of two, triathlete and self-proclaimed waffle chef. Josh strives to live out his passion for people by investing in and aligning the Block Imaging team to deliver a noteworthy customer experience and impact lives around the world through providing outstanding refurbished equipment, service and parts.