Since the President of Tanzania Dr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete addressed the Nation on 31st July 2012, I have received numerous calls and messages from people asking me, “How much does a CT Scanner cost?” This is because In his Speech, the President said some people are comparing the price of SUV Landcruiser (shangingi) to a price of CT scan. He even said jokingly ” Waje Tuwape pesa wakatuletee…Labda waende China”, Well I have one message to Mr. President, ‘even in China, You cannot get a CT for a price of a Landcruiser’.
The views am going to write are informed by my 10 years experience in the Medical Systems Industry-having worked for Philips Medical Systems and their sole Distributor in Tanzania. I want to share with my readers, and my fellow Tanzanians an insight of what real cost of CT Scan is. As an expert in Finance, I find it prudent to let my readers know what it takes to invest in CT Scan.
What is a CT Scan?
X-ray computed tomography, also computed tomography (CT scan) or computed axial tomography (CAT scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed X-rays to produce tomographic images or ‘slices’ of specific areas of the body. These cross-sectional images are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in various medical disciplines.
How Much does a CT Scan Cost? and that is just too broad of a question. It is a little like asking how much a car costs. A Toyota Corolla isn’t going to cost you much… you may be able to just pull it for 5M… but that 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is going to be a touch more expensive.
So in order to make sure you get the CT Scanner you need for the right price you should be ready to answer the following questions:
What types of studies will you be performing?
This will help narrow down on how many Slices per Rotation your scanner will take. For example, if you are performing a lot of Cardiac Studies you should probably buy a 64 Slice CT due to the constant motion of the heart. Whereas Angio and Perfusion studies can often be done effectively with a lower end model scanners. Answering this question will also determine if you need a unique software option (Cardiac, Fluoro, Perfusion, etc).
Do you prefer a certain manufacturer?
PHILIPS, GE, Siemens, and Toshiba are the 4 big names in CT. If you can only take one of them, you’ve just eliminated 75% of your options. Well i will definately advice you on a Philips CT.
Other Questions Would be; What is your budget? and the size of your medical centre/Hospital.For a hospital like Muhimbili i would suggest a 64 slices and not less or a 128 Slices if budget allows.
Now i can give you some guidelines for Delivered and Installed pricing on New CT scanners:
- 16 Slice: $400,000 – $450,000
- 64 Slice: $800,000 – $900,000
- 128 Slice: $1,000,000 – $1,200,000
- 256 Slice: Not less than $1,500,000
Most Companies has stopped the the manufacturing of 6 Slice scan, unless you get a refurblished one from China.. which will cost about $ 150,000 and above.
Somebody remind me how much does a Brand New SUV Landcruiser cost? Last time I checked it was ranging from USD 60,000 to 80,000….therefore comparing CT Scan and Landcruiser is a satirical gimmick.