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Maximize The Value of Your Used CT Scanner

October 14, 2020

A CT scanner’s value can depend on a wide range of factors like the CT tube, brand, age of the CT scanner, and much more! In this article, we will explain what can maximize the value of your CT scanner.

Service records

Your service records will make a big difference to your CT scanner’s value. Try to schedule these servicing appointments regularly. Medical device servicing is useful because it can pinpoint any issues that are developing with the CT scanner. The service engineer can fix these issues accordingly and let you know if you need any significant repairs.   

When anyone wants to buy your CT scanner, they will be able to look through the service records. The service history can help the buyer see how well the CT scanner has been working and whether the owner has installed any new parts. The buyer will be interested in your service records because they won’t want to keep repairing their recent purchase.

Having regular servicing and maintenance, and having the service records on hand will undoubtedly add value to your CT scanner.


Buyers will be interested in what type of software you have installed on your CT scanner. This is because the buyer may want a CT scanner with specialized software for their specific clinical needs, and they won’t want to pay extra for new software in the future.

You can have general software packages or specialized software packages specifically for orthopedics, dental, cardiac, etc. Software packages aren’t cheap! The prices of the different packages do vary but are usually in the region of $15,000-$100,000.

Therefore, knowing which software package you have installed on your CT scanner can impact your CT scanner’s value. 

CT scanner parts

Many parts of the CT scanner can deteriorate as we use them. The x-ray tube is probably one of the most expensive parts of the CT scanner. Used x-ray tubes can cost between $25,000 and $85,000. As you would expect, the new x-ray tubes are even more expensive than the used ones.

Most x-ray tubes last 3-4 years on average, but this does vary depending on the brand and usage of these devices. The MRC 600 and 800 can last up to 4-7 years, which is longer than most x-ray tubes.

X-ray tubes with lower usage usually have a higher value because this suggests how much longer the x-ray tube has left. You can check the x-ray tube’s lifespan by looking at the tube count. The tube count is usually displayed in scan seconds and can be found on the specialist computer attached to the CT scanner.

Visual condition

Try to keep the CT scanner in good condition while it’s in your possession. Any damage to the CT scanner’s physical appearance, such as marks, scratches, and dents, can also reduce the value of the CT scanner. Perhaps, visual damage won’t impact your CT scanner as much as issues with the internal CT scanner parts, but it could still make a difference to the overall cost.

The age of the CT scanner

The date your CT scanner was manufactured is essential too. If your CT scanner is quite old, you might have issues finding compatible parts when the CT scanner breaks down. Furthermore, old CT scanners won’t be equipped with the latest and most efficient software. Buyers might be looking for newer CT scanner models with more recent software and CT scanners with easily accessible spare parts (if you need them).

Find out what other things buyers are interested in with Radiology Today’s article.

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