If your imaging facility uses a GE MRI machine with a CXK4 magnet, there's a good chance a field upgrade can improve your MRI without replacing it, and save you a significant amount of cost along the way.
For years, all the systems in GE's MRI line were built around the CXK4. This is true of every GE MRI model from the LX to the Optima 440. Therein lies the key to stepping up the capabilities of your MRI system without replacing the gantry; improving software and electronics with revisions and components that work with your gantry, table, and existing coils.
Back to the title question: How much do these upgrades cost? Let's get to it!
GE MRI Upgrade Costs
Field upgrades for CXK4-based MRI can take a system from 9x software, to 23x, or anywhere in between. Depending on what level you want to take your system to, the cost of an upgrade can range between $300,000 and $400,000, including a one-year warranty. Because it replaces only portions of the equipment, only takes a few days to install, and eliminates the need for remodeling or construction, a field upgrade can save you up to $100,000 in costs over completely replacing your MRI machine.
If you want to step up your MRI equipment game, but aren't looking forward to the costs and downtime of a full replacement, just keep in mind that there is an upgrade path that allows you to avoid them. If you'd like to know more about upgrading your GE MRI or get a more specific quote for upgrading your system, use the button below to tell us how we can help.
Steve Rentz is the Product Manager for MRI Scanners at Block Imaging. Steve's goal is to earn each customer's trust and business by specifically addressing the needs of their unique project. When Steve is not helping customers with their MRI needs, he enjoys running, swimming, and woodworking.