12 Statistics on CT Scanner Costs

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Computed tomography scanners are vital imaging devices for any hospital, and escalating prices are putting pressure on hospitals to replace CT scanners every eight to 10 years.

A recent whitepaper from the ECRI Institute analyzed several aspects of CT scanners that could help hospital executives in their strategic equipment selection. The report looked at CT scanner performance levels, top manufacturers, dose reduction technologies and average pricing.

GE Healthcare, Philips, Siemens and Toshiba were the most common CT vendors. The following 12 statistics break down the average list and quoted prices for CT scanners and service contracts. (Note: Premium CT scanners, according to the report, are considered to have "superior" image quality and can be used for almost any clinical application, including whole organ and intracranial/abdomen angiography.)

16-slice CT scanner
Average list price:  $800,000
Average quoted vendor price:  $400,000
Average annual service cost:  $100,000

20- to 64-slice CT scanner

Average list price:  $1.2 million
Average quoted vendor price:  $800,000
Average annual service cost:  $125,000

128-slice CT scanner
Average list price:  $2 million
Average quoted vendor price:  $1.1 million
Average annual service cost:  $140,000

Premium CT scanner
Average list price:  $2.7 million
Average quoted vendor price:  $1.5 million
Average annual service cost:  $170,000

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