Are you considering buying a CT scanner? Are you having trouble determining the type and price range that you should search for? Deciding on a system that is appropriate both for your needs and your budget can be hard. The question: “How much does a CT scanner cost?” Is very relevant in the buying process. Unfortunately, it is not easy to give a simple answer – a lot of factors influence the price. These factors include but are (unfortunately) not limited to brand, tube, number of slices, and whether it is a used, refurbished, or new scanner. For a more detailed explanation of the terms used/refurbished check out our blog post.
In this blog post, we will do our best to offer you an overview of the price of CT scanners and describe some of the factors that influence price the most. We will help you answer the question: “How much does a CT scanner cost?”. For an easy overview, have a look at the table below. All prices are for used systems in thousand euros. The prices are for the systems only and do not include warranty, installation, and so forth.
|Slices||4 - 8||16 - 32||64||128||256+|
|Used CT Scanners||35 - 60||60 - 100||90 - 130||120 - 180||250+|
To give you an idea of prices of systems that are new and OEM refurbished, we will offer a general rule of thumb: The cost given here of used systems is usually 50-80% cheaper than the new price. And the prices for OEM refurbished systems are typically 30-40% lower than the new price. Therefore, you will be able to afford a much more advanced CT scanner if you buy used or refurbished.
What number of slices do you need? As a general indication see the table below. In the columns are the number of slices, and in the rows are the types of imaging that each type is capable of.
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The CT systems with a number of slices in the low end are typically popular as a cost-efficient solution when only basic CT imaging is necessary. You can perform a wide variety of examinations, but they do take longer, as only a smaller part of the body is obtained with each image. The costs of a used CT system in this range is typically 35-60.000 euros.
Popular systems: Toshiba Asteion S4, Toshiba Asteion Multi, Toshiba Aquilion Multi, and GE Lightspeed Ultra.
16-32 Slice CT Scanners
The next category is the CT scanners with 16-32 slices. The price range is typically 60-100.000 euros. These systems are good for several types of exams. Some might just take a bit more preparation and work, and the examinations have more limitations than on systems with more slices.
Popular systems: Toshiba Aquilion 16, GE Brightspeed 16, Philips Brilliance 16, and Toshiba Aquilion 32.
64 Slice CT Scanners
The used scanners with 64 slices typically cost 90-130.000 euros. They offer cardiac options, but basic cardiac compared to the new high-end systems. Moreover, it is necessary to decrease the heart rate with medication before the exam. However, 64 slice systems are popular and great for a variety of exams.
Popular systems: Toshiba Aquilion 64 and Philips Brilliance 64.
These are newer systems that offer excellent image quality and great cardiac options. They typically cost 120-180.000 euros for used systems. As seen in the table above, they are good for all types of examinations.
Popular systems: Toshiba Aquilion CX.
CT Scanners with 256 and More Slices
These are high-end CT scanners that have exceptional image quality and is outstanding for cardiac exams, as they can image the heart in one rotation. Therefore, no sedatives or other medications to decrease the heart rate are necessary and it reduces artifacts due to movement. The costs of these systems range from 250.000 euros and upwards for a used system.
Popular systems: Toshiba Aquilion One and Philips Brilliance ICT.
Other Factors That Influence the Price of CT Scanners
The prices may, of course, vary a little between brands, but at LBN Medical we focus on the top brands only. These include Toshiba, GE, Siemens, and Philips. Between these, the prices do not vary significantly, and brand consideration is mainly an issue in the buying process if you have any specific preferences, or if you have easier access to the maintenance of some brands rather than others.
However – we do find that GE is a little more expensive but provides excellent service and cheaper parts. Siemens and Philips provide the cheapest systems if you choose a water-cooled one. But Siemens’ new systems typically have a dual-tube, which is quite expensive to repair.
Age of the CT scanner
The year of manufacture does of course matter, especially if it is a very old system. Furthermore, age often determines the available options, and the software of the system and this may also affect the price. Most users prefer Windows, which you can find on newer systems, whereas Unix, you can find typically on older systems. Windows might be easier to use for most, as this is what they are used to, but Unix is very stable and has fewer software issues.
The specifications of the tube can have a major impact on the price, as they are expensive to replace. A new tube can cost up to 150.000 euros. Most focus on tube count to assess the condition and the reamining lifetime. Read more about the measures of tube count. It is unclear whether the age of the tube is a factor that you should consider. Some would say it is, and some would say it is not. Furthermore, it affects a tube to be inactive for a longer period, and this might have a bigger impact on older tubes.
Warranty and installation
Some buy a warranty for their CT systems. However, most medical imaging resellers do not offer a warranty if you decide to do the installation yourself. At LBN Medical, we only offer a warranty if we provide installation and shipping. This is because these are the circumstances with the highest risk of damaging the system. Therefore, it is very important that the systems are carefully crated and shipped carefully, and that professionals perform the installation. Naturally, including warranty and installation will increase the price.
Including or excluding workstations might also affect the price of CT systems. The processing workstations are the computer that goes along and allows medical professionals to analyze the images after they take them. Remember to ask about workstations, and consider what kind of options you need in a workstation. Acquisition workstations are a part of the system and are where the CT system is controlled. It is possible to look at the images afterward and make simple analyses. However, this is not optimal for clinics with more patients, as the medical professionals can not process images while patients are being examined.
We hope that this answered the question: How much does a CT scanner cost – Otherwise please contact us for more specific information.