Feature | August 13, 2014

ECRI Institute Releases User Experience Ratings on MRI Systems

Healthcare providers rank top MRI vendors and models by imaging quality, reliability, patient comfort and other key factors

August 13, 2014 — ECRI Institute’s SELECTplus User Experience Network recently polled hundreds of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system users on a variety of criteria, including image quality, coil selection and setup, ease of use, patient throughput and vendor support. The survey results include function, feature and service ratings for each model, grouped by vendor to show how each vendor’s product line fares in each category.

As hospitals shop for MRI systems, questions that come to mind include: “What’s the average quoted price for the top MRI systems on the market?” “Which systems offer the best image quality?” “Have hospitals reported magnet-related safety incidence in the last twelve months?” “Is a 3.0 T or 1.5T appropriate for my facility?”

“Hospital leaders and technology purchasers need all the supporting data and market insight they can get to make informed buying decisions, with a keen focus on safety and quality,” said Jennifer L. Myers, ECRI Institute’s vice president of SELECT Health Technology Services. “We rely on our partner healthcare organizations’ end-user experience as one of the many tools hospitals can use to help make cost-effective purchasing decisions.”

The user data reveal that among ECRI Institute members, four vendors dominate the market: GE, Philips, Siemens and Toshiba. In addition to the survey results, the released data includes average quoted pricing, feature-by-feature comparisons, member interest (market share) and other market analytics derived from ECRI Institute’s research and expert analyses. Average quoted pricing for some of the most popular systems show that MRI costs range from $2 million to $2.5 million for 3.0T models; 1.5T models typically cost between $1.3 million and $1.6 million.

The SELECTplus User Experience Network is part of a comprehensive decision support resource for medical technology purchasers with user satisfaction rankings and other key purchasing information, including market analytics from ECRI Institute’s analysts and technology management experts. The resource is a member benefit of ECRI Institute’s SELECTplus capital technology advisory service, used by more than 3,500 member facilities from healthcare organizations worldwide.

An excerpt from the survey report is available for free download. The full report is available to ECRI Institute members on the member website. 

For more information: www.ecri.org

Related Content

MR angiography, MRA, Bayer, Gadavist, gadobutrol injection, FDA approval, supra-aortic arteries
Technology | Contrast Media| April 29, 2016
Bayer announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist (gadobutrol) injection for use...
News | Advanced Visualization| April 07, 2016
April 7, 2016 — Circle Cardiovascular Inc.
Toshiba, ACC 2016, American College of Cardiology, CT, MR, ultrasound, angiography, interventional radiology

Infinix 4-D CT image courtesy of Toshiba America Medical Systems.

News | Cardiac Imaging| March 30, 2016
Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. announced it would demonstrate the following diagnostic imaging technologies at...
Duke University study, molecular lightbulbs, MRI imaging agent

Duke scientists have discovered a new class of inexpensive and long-lived molecular tags that enhance MRI signals by 10,000-fold. To activate the tags, the researchers mix them with a newly developed catalyst (center) and a special form of hydrogen (gray), converting them into long-lived magnetic resonance 'lightbulbs' that might be used to track disease metabolism in real time. Image courtesy of Thomas Theis, Duke University.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)| March 28, 2016
Duke University researchers have taken a major step towards realizing a new form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
Circle Cardiovascular Imaging, GE Healthcare, licensing and distribution agreement, cmr42 software, cardiovascular MRI
News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)| March 21, 2016
March 21, 2016 — Circle Cardiovascular Inc., developer of...
stroke damage, MRI, contrast agent, gelatinase, University of Missouri study
News | Stroke| March 16, 2016
A team of researchers led by the University of Missouri School of Medicine has developed a new, real-time method of...
Technavio market report, global medical imaging market, refurbished systems
News | March 10, 2016
According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global medical imaging market is expected to reach...
Boston Scientific, Acuity X4 quadripolar left ventricular leads, FDA approval, ENABLE MRI study
Technology | Leads Implantable Devices| March 04, 2016
March 4, 2016 — Boston Scientific has received U.S.
viosworks, cardiac MRI

GE's ViosWorks combines 3-D cardiac anatomy, function and flow in a single, free-breathing, approximately 8 minute scan. 

 

Feature | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)| February 17, 2016 | Dave Fornell and Jeff Zagoudis
For decades now, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been noted for its excellent soft tissue imaging capability wit
Philips, FDA 510k clearance, Expression MR400, MRI patient monitor
Technology | Patient Monitors| February 11, 2016
Royal Philips announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Expression MR400, a new...
Overlay Init