Wide bore MRI machines are increasing in popularity and presence for one simple reason: more space means more patient comfort. But, while the quest to make the MRI experience more patient-friendly is as old as the modality itself, most wide bore models are still relatively new. If you're considering purchasing a used MRI machine, this means that there are really only a handful of wide bore systems that have emerged on the secondary market so far.
To help you narrow down your choices as you consider the best wide bore MRI machine for your facility, we've collaborated to bring you some pros, cons, and ballpark pricing for the most common wide bore MRI models available used.
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The 450W enjoys popularity based, to a large degree, on GE's solid reputation in the MRI marketplace. This is a latter-day model in a long line of dependable models.
We have heard some concerns, however, about the service side of owning one. At least for now, because the 450W is so new, there is a scarcity of independent service options and tools. It could be a few more years before more widespread service resources are developed.
Currently, pricing on a used GE 450W wide bore is in the $500,000 - $600,000 range.
Available since 2004, the Espree is still not all that common on the secondary market. People prize the model for the friendly, intuitive Siemens interface. In our experience, this has made the Espree the most frequently-requested wide bore MRI system of all.
On the other hand, there are concerns about the field of view, which is not ideal for some orthopedic scans. Additionally, we've heard reports that the magnet, which is very stable once running, can somewhat temperamental and prone to quench during start up
A used Siemens Espree currently averages in the ballpark of $450,000.
We’ve seen a few of these slip out onto the market- but not many. Like the Espree, they continue the Siemens tradition of easy interfaces. On top of that, there just aren’t that many models that could be considered an "upgrade" from the Aera, so most original owners are hanging onto them.
The current cost range for a used Siemens Aera wide bore $500,000 - $600,000.
The Toshiba Titan goes even further than its contemporaries in bore size, even if it's only one more centimeter. Its 71cm bore is the largest on the market. The biggest con of the model is that Titans you'll find on the secondary market will not have zero boil-off magnets. The fact of helium consumptionis, however, reflected in the price- the lowest you'll find among current used wide bores.
Pricing under $300,000 is typical for Toshiba Titan wide bore systems.
Like the Siemens Aera, Philips Ingenias are somewhat rare- this is their biggest con. The magnets are reliable and we've had reports of performance and user-friendliness comparable to the Aera and the 450W.
Average pricing for a used Philips Ingenia is between $475,000 and $575,000.
For now, the used wide bore MRI market is still quite young and the systems we mentioned above don't come along every day. If, however, pursuing wide bore technology is the next step for your facility- keep your eyes open and you'll be able to take that step far more affordably.
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