When buying a CT scanner, you need a system that is appropriate both for your needs and your budget. And “How much does a CT scanner cost” is an often asked, and important question. However, there is not one simple answer. Several factors influence the prices. One of the strong determinants is the number of slices.
More factors are: Brand, tube condition, and whether it is a used, refurbished, or a new CT scanner.
In this article, you will get an overview of the prices of CT scanners based on slices, but also an overview of some of the additional factors that influence prices.
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How Much Does a CT Scanner Cost – Overview
For a quick overview of prices based on slice count check the table below – Not that all prices are in euros and for the system, meaning that it does not include crating, shipping, installation etc.
So in short, the cost of CT scanners range from 35.000 to more than 250.000 euros on the used market. You can get a 16-slice systems for around 80.000 euros but improved capabilities mean higher prices. Hereby, newer models with 256 slices and more cost from 250.000 euros and up.
Next question is – How many slices do you need?
As a general indication, see the table below.
If you prefer you can also get the prices explained by our Key Account Manager Edgar in the Video below – CT Scanner Price – How much does a CT scanner cost. You can see more videos on our Youtube channel.
Prices of New and Refurbished CT Scanners
To give you an idea of prices of new and refurbished CT scanners, we will offer a general rule of thumb: Prices of used systems are usually 50-80% lower than new prices. And prices for OEM refurbished systems are typically 30-40% lower than new prices.
What does that mean for you?
You can afford a much more advanced CT scanner if you buy used or refurbished than if you buy a new. Or you can get a similar model at a more attractive price.
Prices of 4- and 8-slice CT Scanners
CT systems with a lower number of slices are popular as a cost-efficient solution when only basic CT imaging is required.
You are able to perform a wide variety of examinations, but they do take longer, as only a smaller part of the body is obtained with each rotation. The cost of a used CT scanner with 4-8 slices is typically 35.000 – 60.000 euros.
Popular systems include: Toshiba Asteion S4, Toshiba Asteion Multi, and GE Lightspeed Ultra.
The Aquilion 16 is a popular 16-slice CT scanner. See stock status and available specifications.
Prices of 16- and 32-slice CT Scanners
Prices for these CTs typically range from 60.000 – 100.000 euros.
These models are good for several types of examinations. Though Some might take more preparation and the examinations will have more limitations than on systems with more slices.
Popular systems include: Toshiba Aquilion 16, GE Brightspeed 16, Philips Brilliance 16, Siemens Emotion 16, and Toshiba Aquilion 32.
Prices of 64-slice CT Scanners
The used systems with 64 slices typically cost 90.000 – 130.000 euros.
They offer cardiac options, but it is basic cardiac compared to the newer high-end systems. Moreover, it is necessary to decrease the heart rate with medication before examinations with 64 slice systems, but not if the system has more slices. Nevertheless, the 64 slice systems are popular and great for a variety of applications.
Popular systems include: Toshiba Aquilion 64 and Philips Brilliance 64.
Toshiba Aquilion CX
A 128-slice CT scanner from Toshiba. See stock status and available specifications.
Price of 128-slice CT Scanners
These are newer systems that offer excellent image quality and great cardiac capabilities.
A used CT machine with 128 slices typically cost 120.000 – 180.000 euros. As seen in the table above, they can cover all types of examinations.
Among popular systems is the Toshiba Aquilion CX and Toshiba Aquilion CXL.
Price of CT Scanners with +256 Slices
These are high-end CT scanners that have exceptional image quality and are outstanding for cardiac exams, as they can image the full heart in one rotation.
What does that mean for patients?
No sedatives or other medications to decrease the heart rate are necessary. Furthermore, it reduces artifacts caused by movement.
So how much does a CT scanner cost if you want these top of the line models? These CTs has prices that range from 250.000 euros and upwards for a used system.
Popular systems include: Toshiba Aquilion One and Philips Brilliance ICT.
Other Factors That Influence CT Scanner Price
Below you can click each bar to learn more about how that specific factor affects the prices 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 Canon (former Toshiba), GE, Siemens, and Philips.
Among 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 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 you typically find Unix 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 x-ray tubes are expensive to replace.
How much can a new tube cost?
Up to 150.000 euro!
Most focus on tube count to assess the condition and the remaining 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 can affect a tube to be inactive for a longer period, and this might have a bigger impact on older tubes.
Warranty and installation
Some buy 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 system is carefully crated and shipped, and that professionals perform the installation.
So how much does a CT scanner cost if you want warranty – Naturally, including this and maybe installation as well will increase the price. Talk to us for specifics.
Including or excluding workstations might also affect the price of CT systems.
Acquisition workstations are a part of the system and are where the CT system is controlled. It is possible to look at the images afterwards and perform simple analyses. However, this is not optimal for clinics with more patients, as the medical professionals can not process images while new patients are being examined.
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.
We hope that this article answered the question gave you a good overview of how much a CT scanner cost.
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