Budget Implications of Purchasing a CT Scanner

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Budget Implications of Purchasing A CT Scanner Cost pressure is growing worldwide in the healthcare system, as is the need for imaging systems that offer a good price-performance ratio. The decision to purchase CT scanner is often an outstanding constraint due to cost pressure but even so the equipment improves medical outcomes. A CT scanner is a doughnut shaped machine (the doughnut shape is known as the gantry) that uses advanced x-ray technology to take pictures of a patient's body. Immediately after it scans the body, a computer in the scanner reconstructs the data into cross-sectional pictures of a body, called slices or sections. CT technology allows radiologists and the referring physician the ability to see more than what a regular x-ray would provide. CT scanners provide images of exceptional quality and lowest possible radiation dose. Higher quality images mean more information to diagnose and plan the treatment, while lower dose means increased safety. There are a number of positive reasons to purchase of a CT scanner. Revenue is a major justification of the enormous costs of the innovative technology. Implementation of CT scans in care strategies can help increase hospital revenues. Hospitals traditionally bill patients for CT scans between $500 and $1,500 for each test "which were given to more than 150,000 people in this country last year [2007] at a cost exceeding $100 million," (Berenson &Abelson 2008). This can provide extra funding for increases in

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