Regents Health Resources was formed in 1996 to assist hospitals and physicians in the development and management of their medical-imaging and oncology services. The consultancy has served more than 500 clients nationwide with a diverse range of services, from strategic planning and operational assessments to joint-venture planning, valuations, and imaging-center sales and acquisitions.
Introduction: The reductions in reimbursement for medical imaging that began with the DRA have had an impact on providers’ ability to invest in technology (both upgrades and replacements). As might be expected, reimbursement changes and uncertainty about the impact of health-care reform have affected the acquisition and maintenance costs of imaging technology as well. In this issue of Imaging Market File, we present the equipment data collected for 2011 by the AHRA, in 2012, using the AHRAdatalynx tool. These data are representative of approximately 200 MRI and CT systems in operation, in both hospital and outpatient settings, across the country. Technology adequacy: The acquisition cost for MRI systems of all field strengths now ranges from $100,000 to $2 million, and it is $150,000 to $2 million for the full range of CT systems. While the Imaging Market File Sponsored Supplement October/November 2012 broad range of acquisition costs could be expected to drive increased purchasing, 26% of respondents say that their current MRI services don’t meet the needs of referring physicians (Figure 1).
Figure 1. More than 20% of owners of 200 MRI systems report that the technology does not meet physicians’ needs (left). More than 10% of owners of CT systems report that their technology falls short of meeting physicians’ needs (right).
Figure 2. Where MRI and CT systems do not meet physicians’ needs, the top two deficiencies are capabilities and speed of exams.
Figure 5. The average age of MRI systems is slightly less than six years, but this varies by field strength.
Figure 6. The average age of CT systems is slightly less than five years, but this varies by slice count.
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