For more than 125 years, GE has been a leader in power, renewable energy, aviation, and healthcare, and has been developing and manufacturing medical imaging equipment since the early 1980s.
Modern CT imaging equipment is more sophisticated, user-friendly, and comfortable than it ever has been, with capabilities suited for the individual needs of many types of facilities. CT scanners are frequently categorized according to their imaging detail. More specifically, the number of photos it takes, in layers, of the part of the body being assessed. This is called the slice count.
GE’s CT scanners are manufactured in 4, 8, 16, 64, 128, or 256 slice count versions, but the 16, 64, and 128 slice count machines are most commonly used in a clinical setting.
The 256 slice scanners are the most advanced, and generally used for scientific research or in an academic setting. CT scanner initial costs can range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on things like the slice count, software and operating system used, magnet and bore sizes, and other factors.
In addition to the initial cost, there are maintenance and facility costs as well, so many facilities look for more moderately priced, refurbished equipment. Here’s a look at some of GE’s most popular 16, 64, and 128 slice machines, most of which you can currently find refurbished online.
16 slice scanners are the most common in a clinical setting because they’re priced the lowest and typically have more than enough capability for general clinical use.
While a new 16-slice scanner can cost between $255,000 and $350,000, you can find refurbished models significantly cheaper, at around $750,000 to $195,000. You’ll find GE’s Brightspeed 16, Lightspeed 16, and Optima 540 most commonly when looking for used imaging equipment.
Each has slight variations in technology and design that may affect pricing, but may also help you decide which is best for your facility’s needs.
This system uses GE’s Highlight Matrix II Detector and the Volara DAS technology to make this 16-slice machine, which makes it easier for the provider to use and more comfortable for the patient. Refurbished models cost around $110,000. This is the base price for standard software and hardware features.
GE’s Lightspeed uses a variety of scan modes that allow it to run almost any application. For this reason, the imaging process is streamlined for the medical provider, with faster scan times and higher image quality. It costs around $80,000 with standard software and hardware.
GE Optima 540
If you’re looking for high-volume patient throughput without sacrificing imaging quality, the Optima 540 offers both. This high-efficiency scanner is optimal for oncology, angiography, interventional and emergency imaging requirements, and is priced at around $300,000 new and $225,000 for refurbished models.
Hospitals and imaging centers more frequently use 64 slice count models, due to their reduced scan times and advanced technology. This includes both software and physical characteristics that improve the user and patient experiences. Because of its speed and accuracy, 64 slice scanners can be used for imaging that requires more detail, like cardiovascular scans. They can also handle a higher volume of patient scans.
New 64 slide models can cost between $450,000 and $725,000, while used models can be found for around $155,000 to $350,000. GE’s most popular 64 slice models include the Lightspeed VCT, Optima 660, and the Revolution.
The Lightspeed VCT uses SnapShot Pulse technology to optimize it for advanced neurological and cardiovascular scans. It also comes with a multitude of additional optional upgrades, depending on your specific facility needs. Refurbished models can be found for an initial cost of around $125,000 online.
GE Optima 660
For around $200,000, a refurbished Optima 660 can create high-quality images and allows for lower mA exams for the patient. It is powered by Smart Technologies Smart MAR and uses both SnapShot Assist and SnapShot Freeze to enable faster imaging and greater efficiency.
For more specialized practices and imaging centers with higher patient volume, as well as research settings, 128+ slice count machines may be a necessary investment. GE’s most popular models are the Optima 660 (128), the Revolution CT: ES, and the Revolution CT: EX. New models cost between $650,000 and $1,100,000 and refurbished models between $225,000 and $650,000. AT this level of scan quality, speed, and efficiency, it’s more difficult to find refurbished models, but new models can be sourced directly from the manufacturer.
Optima 660 128-slice
The Optima 660 uses detector and ASiR technologies to provide the user with excellent quality imaging at reduced scan times. With standard software and hardware, it can be found priced at $225,000 and offers a variety of upgrades and additional features, which affect the final price tag.
Researching the best model and slice count capability for your facility based on its needs is crucial. Remember that no matter the model you choose, there are additional costs for installation, delivery logistics, and sometimes facility modifications in order to protect the lifespan of your equipment and help it perform safely and optimally.