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Prices of cardiac imaging systems fall—for now
Modern Healthcare

The average cost of cardiac cath lab imaging systems fell to about $885,000 over the last year, but the cost decreases will most likely be short-lived, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

The index provides monthly and annual price data for approximately 30 supply and capital items purchased by hospitals and other healthcare providers, based on three-month rolling averages. The average cost of biplane systems, which are usually more expensive than single-plane systems, has increased slightly, while the cost of single-plane systems has dropped, according to Robert Bense, clinical manager for ECRI’s healthcare technology advisory membership service.