February 11, 2020

How Much is a CT Scanner and How to Avoid Paying Too Much

The Factors to Look for When You Ask, “How Much is a CT Scanner?”

There are few questions to ask that can produce such a wide variety of answers as, “how much is a CT scanner?” The answers to this question could result in a difference of millions of dollars. With this being the reality, knowing the factors contributing to the vast range in price is a must. 

Of even greater importance is understanding what you need to be looking for as a buyer. When a single feature can create hundreds of thousands of dollars in difference, a buyer must understand that feature is worth the investment. If it is not, that money can contribute to something else. 

In this article, we will be looking into some of the most significant factors that play into the price of a CT scanner and how you can evaluate these as a buyer. 

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How Much is a CT Scanner: The Age of the Model

As with anything, the age of what you are purchasing is going to play a role in the price. Even though this is true, it does not mean that something older is automatically inadequate for your purposes. The latest and greatest models are going to include plenty of features and abilities that might be perfect for one clinic but may not be necessary for your needs.

Judging a model is less about what it can do and much more about if it can do what you need it to. Hopefully, you won’t be wasting your time browsing the most expensive models if you already know your budget is nowhere near that price range. But, it is worth reminding that understanding your budget should be step one, and understanding your needs is step two.

Don’t be surprised if an older model can meet your needs and don’t shy away from one that will. 

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How Much is a CT Scanner: The Slice Count

With everything else being equal in two machines, slice count will have one of the most significant impacts on price. Slice count impacts scan times and required turnover between scans. Larger practices that are going to be using their scanners more frequently are going to need a higher slice count. 

Slice counts can reach as high as 320 slices in a machine. That will not be necessary for the majority of practices. In most cases, devices with a slice count of 128 are used in cardiac centers or research facilities. Still, for many standard uses, a 16-slice scanner will be appropriate for a facility looking for something with quality speed and function.

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How Much Is A CT Scanner: Buying New or Refurbished

Of course, new or refurbished devices are going to come with a significant price difference. As long as a clinic is purchasing from a reputable dealer, they should be confident that their refurbished device will perform up to its expectations. Having a refurbished machine is no reason to avoid a purchase. In many cases, there is a likelihood that it is the best way to go. 

Overall, many practices and clinics should look into refurbished machines before looking into something new. Only once it is determined that new is a requirement, one should assume refurbished will do.

With the amount of money that can be saved by avoiding the purchase of a scanner with superfluous features, the process of the search can often take the shape of trimming away excess options until finding one that fits your needs.


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