January 8, 2020

Clinic Essentials: How Much Does A PET CT Scanner Cost?

When a Clinic Asks, “How Much Does A PET CT Scanner Cost . . .”

The first thing that a clinic needs to understand is this is not the first question they should be asking. When any clinic is asking, “how much does a PET CT Scanner cost?” what they should instead be asking is, “what kind of PET CT Scanner do we need?”

Ignoring the needs of a clinic and focusing only on the available budget is a mistake that will come with a steep price tag. Looking at the complete range of scanners available on the market, a clinic could find themselves spending anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars up to multi-millions. With the amount of money available for repurposing to the many needs of a clinic, a clinic wants to avoid purchasing a scanner with extra features they don’t need.

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What A Clinic Should Be Asking First

What do we need? This is the best question for a clinic to ask before beginning to look into the marketplace for available scanners. Is purchasing a refurbished scanner a viable option for us? What are the specifications that we need on a scanner? What types of scanning are we going to be doing? Is there a scanner that fulfills our needs better than anything else?

These are the questions that will lead a clinic to find the right scanner for them. When this is not the process that a clinic goes through, they are more likely to end up finding a scanner that they try to force into their budget and justify it as a necessary purchase. Such a strategy can cause problems branching out to all ends of the clinic. 

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The Sacrifice Made By Asking “How Much Does A PET CT Scanner Cost?”

It is fair to admit this is an innocent-sounding question. The reality is more brutal. If this question arises in a clinic, it is coming with a sacrifice. That sacrifice is coming from any of the places within the clinic where extra money can no longer be repurposed because of overspending. Salaries of staff members, equipment budgets, training budgets, and many other things could all suffer from a lack of attention to fulfilling the actual needs of a clinic.

The next time anybody asks a question like this, the answer should be, “why?” Why is it important to know the answer to such a vague question? The more important thing to do is to narrow the parameters of the subject and come to a place where a reasonable solution can be found. There is no malice in asking, “how much does a PET CT Scanner cost,” but there are real consequences to believing that it is the only question to ask. Beneath the surface, there is a much better question to find, and it does not take a great deal of work to get there. For the sake of any clinic, it should find its needs before it finds its scanner.

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