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MRI system prices rise 35%, index finds


By Gregg Blesch
Posted: November 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm ET
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The average price paid for MRI systems went up 35% over the 12 months ended Sept. 30, according to the latest edition of the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

The TPI tracks the monthly and annual price changes of 30 supply and capital items that hospitals and other provider organizations purchase.

The average price of an MRI system was $1.95 million, according to the September data, an increase of 16.4% in that month alone. ECRI attributes the rise to heightened interest in 3T systems, which cost more than $2 million.

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The average price of portable ultrasound systems also increased more than 30% in the 12-month period with fewer purchases of lower-end systems that have fewer functions and features, ECRI said.

Meanwhile, providers apparently turned to less expensive hybrid PET/CT scanners. The average price was $1.89 million, down 17.5% from the August average. They also turned to less expensive single-plane imaging systems for catheterization labs, driving the average price of that equipment down 23.4% over the 12 months ended in September.


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