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How Much Does It Cost to Relocate an MRI Machine?

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Expanding? Remodeling? Moving? Whether down the hall or to another state, when the time comes for your MRI scanner to relocate to a new home, Block Imaging can manage and execute the process for you, from start to finish. Answering the question of how much the process will cost is another matter.

Relocating an MRI machine is a project involving many variables, each of which will affect overall cost. Below, we'll discuss those variables to help you know what to expect from your MRI relocation, in terms of both procedure and cost.

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The Variables

The variables in an MRI relocation fall into three main categories: de-installation, transportation, and re-installation:


De-installation variables include considerations like building layout/exit path, cable run locations, and chiller plumbing locations. The more convoluted any of these are, the more time and effort it will take to get your system out of its existing home, increasing your overall cost to relocate. In some cases, like a facility with narrow doors or a magnet located on a level other than the ground, it might be necessary to remove a wall, open a roof, or rig the magnet up with a crane. Please make certain you share these details and send photos of the exit path to any provider you're considering to eliminate surprises that will cause delays or introduce additional costs.

Another necessity for most MRI de-installations is a power supply to ramp the magnet down safely from its operating field. These power supplies are extremely expensive to purchase, so the fees charged to deploy them are relatively high as well. The fee charged by a given provider will typically vary between six and twelve thousand dollars.

Transportation variables will center primarily around how far the magnet will need to be moved. The further the system needs to go, the more it will cost in fuel, driver hours, packaging, and even the type of vehicle it will need to be moved in.

Re-installation variables are kind of like de-installation variables in reverse. If the MRI machine's new home is on a second story or a building with narrow halls, cranes and big openings in walls or ceilings may again be necessary. If there's never been an MRI in the building before it may take more time and effort to connect to run cables, connect to power, and plumb the chiller. The power supplies we mentioned earlier will need to be brought back out to ramp the magnet back up to field, and a number of hours will be expended shimming the magnet field to specified parameters. Additionally, depending on the helium level of the magnet at the time of re-installation, it may be necessary to order a helium refill to keep things cool.

In the case of new construction or a building receiving an MRI for the first time, it's imperative that the room be fully prepared for the system before its arrival. Delays to installation could result in extra hours or extra trips that will drive your cost up.

The Cost

With all the aforementioned variable at play, the cost to relocate a given MRI machine falls in a fairly broad range between $60,000 and $100,000. The best way to find out what your specific system will cost to relocate is to contact your prospective relocation services provider with details about your project: distance, timing, a general floor plan of both the current location and the destination. The more information you can provide, the more accurate the provider will be able to be in quoting you.

The Takeaway

While we can't help you set exact expectations for your relocation without getting the details of your project, we can tell you that we have experienced service and project management teams that are ready to help you get it done as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. If you're ready to start the conversation and get a custom quote, you can use the button below to submit your details and get a consultation.

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