Not a day goes by that our team isn't helping someone find clarity on what they should expect to budget for a refurbished CT scanner. But we want to make things easier for those of you we haven't talked with yet too, so we're going to break average refurbished CT scanner costs down into tiers: the bread and butter scanners (4-16 slices) through the late models with all the bells and whistles (64 slices and beyond).
Here's a basic overview of CT scanner prices from basic, 4-slice models to the very latest 256 and 320-slice:
4-8 Slice CT Scanner Costs
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 (we'll get to these in a second) 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 GE Lightspeed four (“Quad”) slice or 8-slice CT scanner will cost between $50,000-$80,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty. These are solid, workhorse models but, given their age, may be better suited for applications like veterinary medicine or very low-volume use at a small hospital. Our customers have had the best experience with these systems in their H2 gantry/Xtream console configuration.
4-8 slice models available for $75,000-$100,000 installed with a "first scan" warranty include:
- GE Brightspeed Excel 4-slice
- GE Brightspeed Edge 4-slice
16-Slice CT Scanner Costs
A 16-slice scanner will cost between $75,000-$140,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty.
Examples from the lower end of that range include:
- Philips IDT 16
- Siemens Sensation 16
In the middle are:
- Philips Brilliance 16
- Toshiba Aquilion 16
On the higher end you'll find:
- GE Lightspeed 16
- GE Brightspeed 16
64-Slice CT Scanner Costs
Whether you’re looking for marketability or to meet clinical demands, this is where bread and butter scanners just won’t cut it. If you're looking to do cardiac studies, you'll want a 64-slice machine.
A 64 slice CT ranges between $110,000-$190,000 installed with a “first scan” warranty. The range is fairly broad, but there are a number of features and software options available that can add up quickly. Which of these you may or may not need will depend on the specific circumstances at your facility.
Premium CT Scanner Costs
The top price tier for CT scanners is also fairly broad. This is because slice counts double and even quadruple, and availability on the secondary market plummets. This tier includes fully-loaded 64-slice systems on the lower end, 128-slice systems in the middle, and 256 or 320-slice systems on the high end,
Premium CT scanner currently cost between $200,000 and $600,000. Examples include:
- Siemens Definition AS Series
- Philips iCT 128 or higher
- Toshiba Aquilion Prime
- Toshiba Aquilion ONE
The price ranges listed above are ballpark averages that reflect the current market. Your individual purchase price will vary inside that range depending on the manufacturer you choose and which systems are available when you're ready to buy. Use the button below to get a more specific price quote.
CT Scanner Cost Tiers
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.