The prices of some systems can be as low as 5.000 euros or less, while the newest, high-tier systems may cost as much as 200.000 euros.
There is an upside to this – you can find an ultrasound machine for every budget.
It may be hard to determine what system you can actually get for your budget. Therefore, we will try to make this a little easier for you by introducing a price matrix.
What are the factors influencing the prices in our matrix?
Firstly, the condition of the system and secondly the type of the system, both separated into three categories.
And what conditions?
It can be used, OEM refurbished, or new ultrasound machines – read our blog post to learn our definition of used, refurbished, and OEM refurbished medical equipment.
And the types of the system?
It may be low-tier, mid-tier or high-tier-systems. The better models are more advanced, with more options and features. Furthermore, they are all from quality brands like Siemens, Philips, Toshiba, and GE.
These two parameters – the condition and the type of the system – form the matrix with 9 ultrasound price categories, as illustrated below. Note that the prices are in thousand euros.
But that´s not all…
You should keep in mind that advanced options like 4D or probe choice, such as TEE probes, influence the price of the ultrasound machine as well.
Before we get into the details, just so you know, there is a video at the end of this blog post, in which our CSO also talks about How much does an ultrasound machine cost.
|New||15 - 25||40 - 50||100+|
|Refurbished||-||25 - 30||50 - 60|
|Used||5 - 10||15 - 20||25 - 35|
Influence of Age on Ultrasound Prices
New systems are of course brand new and basically the same applies to demo systems.
While age has an impact on the price of used and refurbished systems, the main things which affect the price are the options and applications of the system in question.
But the condition may vary depending on age. However, age is less important for refurbished systems, as they are brought up to date in the refurbishment process.
So then, when the system´s age is relevant?
Basically only when discussing used ultrasound systems. At LBN Medical our used systems are typically 5 years old but might be both newer and older. This will influence what the machine is capable of, and of course, ultimately the price.
Low-Tier Ultrasound Machines
The low-tier ultrasound machines price range varies from 5 to 25 thousand euros, depending on the condition of the systems.
These systems are great for basic needs and ideal for smaller private clinics. Among the low-tier systems belong for instance the GE Logiq A5, Siemens X300, and the Toshiba Nemio.
If you want a used low-tier system the price is typically 5-10 thousand euros.
Why are the refurbished low-tier systems left blank in the matrix?
It is because these ultrasounds are rarely refurbished as it is not worth to refurbish a system which costs 15-25 thousand euro when it is new.
The mid-tier ultrasound machines are quality systems which at the same time have some good options.
Typically you would buy them for radiology and bigger private clinics.
And their price?
When used they cost between 15 and 20 thousand euros, refurbished around 25-30 thousand euros, and new 40-50 thousand euros.
These are innovative and top quality systems with a range of advanced options.
What is the best about buying a refurbished or used high-tier ultrasound machine rather than a new system?
You can save a lot of money!
The refurbished costs around 50-60 thousand euros and the used only about 25-35 thousand euros.
What About Demo Systems?
So far we have not mentioned demo systems, and they are not included in the matrix. They would be situated between the new and the refurbished category.
Demo systems have not been sold to an end-user. Usually, the OEMs sell them after they have used them for training, trade fair, and an exhibition and these machines are not that common on the market.
What should you know about demo systems?
They are of a high quality, almost as new
How to Choose?
Always consider your needs and your budget – and what should be the key point: always investigate in the price matrix – the quadrant down and to the right from what you thought you wanted.
If you are looking for a new system, consider refurbished instead, and if you look for a refurbished system, consider used system first.
This is a good way to optimize the value you get for your investment. It will allow you to upgrade to a better model while staying within budget.
For instance: you have looked at a new mid-tier system that costs 50 thousand euros. For the same price, you can get a high-quality refurbished high-tier system instead.
We hope this blog post answered the question – How much does an ultrasound machine cost and helped you determine what your next ultrasound purchase is going to be.