By: 15 January 2018
Understanding the total cost of imaging equipment

FUJIFILM SonoSite is helping point of care ultrasound users to understand the total cost of imaging equipment ownership with a recently published article entitled Need to purchase imaging equipment? Consider all the costs of ownership. This report, written by FUJIFILM SonoSite’s Chief Operation Officer Rich Fabian, outlines the elements that make up the total cost of ownership (TCO) for hospital imaging equipment.

Calculating the TCO for any clinical imaging system must consider both the purchase price and ongoing costs of use, but should look beyond the obvious expenditure on servicing and maintenance. The so-called ‘soft costs’ of ownership can have a significant impact on overall spending over the lifetime of imaging equipment, and can even influence the value of future purchases. From upgradeability and training to warranties and loan equipment, the article details the main economic points to consider when choosing an imaging system. It also looks at the value of various servicing and maintenance options, comparing comprehensive service agreements with ‘hourly billed’ services and in-house biomedical engineering resources. Finally, it discusses how vendors’ reputations and interchangeability within their product portfolios can affect how much you will need to spend, and how soon, when equipment reaches the end of its service life. By raising awareness of these considerations, this article should ensure users get the best value for money when purchasing a new clinical imaging system.

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