If you're in the market for a CT scanner, you've more than likely considered where to house it in your existing or new facility. But how do you know if your CT scanner will "fit" in the location you want?
Whether you're retrofitting an existing space or building a CT suite from the ground up, it's important to keep in mind the unique requirements of each space. To prepare for your project, let's dive into the typical square footage requirements and cost considerations associated with setting up a CT suite.
CT Suite Dimensions
When we say "CT suite" we are also referring to the group of rooms associated: waiting areas, hallways, offices, etc. You'll want to include these rooms in your project to ensure ample space.
Whether you are building in an existing or new facility, it is crucial you and your project team know where your support columns are located. The scan room, which is typically around 27 feet by 15 feet must be an open space for the scanner, table, and room for techs and patients to move around. Also consider lead shielding guidelines and materials needed to build out lead shielding walls.
Now, let's cover the square footage for existing and new facilities:
If you're adding a CT suite to an existing facility with offices, hallways, and waiting areas already in place the space you'll need to reallocate or add on is around 375-405 square feet.
If you're building a CT suite at your facility from the ground up, it is important to not only consider space for the CT suite itself but also for things like waiting areas, hallways, offices, etc. In this case, the space needed to start is around 600-650 square feet.
CT Suite Project Cost
So, how much does a CT suite cost? A good benchmark for new construction is around $420 per square foot. The cost will vary between location, materials, suppliers, and builders, but a typical CT project of this scale could run you around $165,000.
If suite costs next to a newly purchased CT scanner seem daunting, consider a refurbished CT to save money without sacrificing image quality.
To ensure a space works for your facility, staff, and patient needs, we suggest you consult closely with your installer and/or project manager. The last thing you want is incorrect measurements to halt your project causing you to waste resources and time.
Be sure to accurately measure your CT suite space, locate your support beams, and consider the cost that will impact your facility's budget.
If you're looking for help with your next CT project, Block Imaging can help. We can provide system-specific room drawings, and help you determine which scanner will meet your facility's needs.
Contact our project management team today to get started.