It’s a buyer’s market for CT—sort of

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The average price healthcare providers are paying to acquire CT systems has dropped by 20.9 percent since this time last year.

According to the latest cost-of-technology information as indexed by ECRI Institute in conjunction with Modern Healthcare, the current average price tag on a CT scanner is $732,275.

ECRI Institute, the member-based, nonprofit research operation in Pennsylvania that some consider the “ Consumer Reports of medical equipment,” attributed the precipitous drop in averages not to fire sales by OEMs but to big buyer interest in 16-channel and 20- to 64-channel scanners—i.e., “lower end” options—which fetch fewer dollars than 128-slice scanners and deeply undercut premium CT systems. The latter can set providers back $1.5 million or more.

The latest Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index also shows CT scanners to be the sixth-most expensive capital item bought by ECRI members in the latest indexing period. Click here to take a look