It’s a new year which means new budgets. Many facilities would like to add digital X-Ray equipment to their arsenal of offerings but most organizations have budget limitations. The good news is there are three distinct price choices for digital X-Ray equipment and one is bound to fit your budget. Let’s take a closer look.
Native Digital X-Ray
If you have a sizable budget for digital X-Ray equipment, this might be the best way to go. You don’t have to settle for retrofitted systems; you can get a factory-born digital radiography (DR) unit that delivers much faster image processing times. Since there are no cassettes involved in the process, the time between image acquisition and digital rendering on the workstation is incredibly fast—usually just seconds. Many models also feature automated movements that can streamline the overall efficiency of an X-Ray room. Patients can move through the process quickly. The manufacturers of these system are the big name brands and are most commonly purchased by larger hospital groups.
Average Cost: $95K-$150K used, $160K-$300K new
Models: Fuji Velocity, GE XR656, GE Definium 8000, Siemens Ysio
New Analog X-Ray with Retrofit DR Panel
Everyone likes something shiny and new, right? Well, if a big name brand isn’t in the budget but you want the same capabilities at a lower price point, you can still get something new by purchasing a new Analog X-Ray and retrofitting it with a new DR panel. DR flat panels can work with virtually any X-Ray system. You won’t have to deal with cassettes. You’ll get great image quality and acquire and render images quickly. You’ll also get peace of mind with the warranties that come with brand new systems.
Average Cost: $50K-$110K, depending on the manufacturer you choose
Used Analog X-Ray with Retrofit DR Panel
This is by far the most economical choice. There’s not really any difference in the performance and image quality you get with a refurbished Analog X-Ray and a brand new one, but the price difference is fairly impressive.
The two most common detectors are fixed detectors and wireless detectors.
A Fixed Detector is ideal for chiropractic X-Ray rooms or in combination with a second detector that stays in the table tray. The detector is installed into the chest stand of the existing system. This kind of dual-detector setup eliminates the need to swap the detector between procedures.
Wireless Detectors are powered by a battery and communicate with the workstation without cables. The detector can move freely between the table and chest stand. This is a great choice for mid to high volume. The systems at this price point can meet the needs of most facilities.
Average Cost: $50K-$85K, depending on the system’s age and manufacturer.
Talk to An Expert
If you’re ready to take the leap to Digital X-Ray Equipment, talk to an expert at Atlantis Worldwide. We’ve found ideal refurbished and used medical imaging solutions for healthcare facilities for more than 27 years. We’ll help you find the right solution at the right price.
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Meet the author: Vikki Harmonay