Despite radiology reimbursement continuing to drop, purchasers can achieve savings of $92,400 to $380,000 off vendor quoted prices for CT systems, depending on the market segment.

Values vary by vendor, model, clinical application, and variables related to how the quote is configured and the purchase situation. This also holds true for service contracts where prices are highly variable depending on the level of coverage. Most vendors offer a "menu" for service and support where the facility has the option to choose various options for service coverage, including comprehensive or multi-level, to meet the needs and applications of the provider. Outside of service type and coverage, the facility can choose uptime guarantee, hours, etc., according to their specific caseload or patient volume. These contracts can include transitional coverage from full service and in-house support over the contract term which can save money. All CT vendors also offer real-time monitoring with remote diagnostics.

While the ranges listed below are sound values to use for budgetary consideration they should not be used for negotiation. On average, the 16–20 slice CT has an average identified savings of $92,400, the 64-80 slice CT savings is $168,245 and for the premium high end CT scanner (128–360) savings is $380,000 and often much higher. 

16–20 Slice CT Scanners (Quoted System Prices)

System Purchase Prices
Low High Average Price   
$421,808    $711,868    $519,090 

System Service Prices
Low High Average Price   
$82,378      $126,675    $106,440

 

64–80 Slice CT Scanners (Quoted System Prices) 

System Purchase Prices
Low High Average Price   
$560,000    $1,283,500   $778,900
 
System Service Prices
Low High Average Price  
$89,000     $148,800        $120,000
 

Premium High-End 128–640 to Dual Source CT Scanners (Quoted System Prices)

System Purchase Prices
Low High Average Price   
$905,000   $2,500,000     $1,407,808
 
System Service Prices
Low High Average Price   
$100,600   $236,225        $154,000

Source: MD Buyline

Please note these numbers have been adjusted to exclude special deals, outliers, and unique circumstances.

 

Publication Date: Monday, January 13, 2014