A one-price-fits-all answer is impossible when addressing the question, how much does an ultrasound machine cost?
With the vast range of ultrasound machines available today, cost can be as wild as the options.
Overall, however, ultrasound machine prices can range from $2,699 for portable point-of-care models to $88,000+ for high-tier cart-based systems used in general and specialized care.
Since that can sound like an ocean-wide range of ultrasound price differences, this article will give you 12 real-life examples of how much is an ultrasound machine, and that depends on the price-determining factors discussed below.
Several factors regulate how much you pay for an ultrasound machine. We explain below the four most significant ones.
An ultrasound machine system type refers to the medical service or context it’s made for. Ultrasound system types fall into three categories:
Within each category, prices can vary depending on whether the machine is entry-level (low-tier), mid-range (mid-tier), or high-tier (premium).
Point-of-care ultrasound machines：
Point-of-care ultrasound machines are the most cost-effective of the three types. You can buy one for as low as $2,699
These portable machines allow medics to perform diagnostic ultrasounds at the patient’s location. You are also likely to find a point-of-care ultrasound machine at a doctor’s office, in an ambulance, or in a hospital emergency room.
Despite their size, they are a fast and accurate diagnostic tool.
Shared service ultrasound machines：
Price ranges for shared-service ultrasound machines vary from around $10,000
for entry-level systems designated for simple imaging tests to about $40,000
for high-tier ultrasound machines for complex procedures.
This category includes ultrasound machines designed for multiple hands and diverse healthcare settings.
The machines can withstand the busy routines in hospitals, imaging centers, and multi-specialty clinics. They are used across specialties such as radiology, OB/GYN, and cardiac and vascular imaging.
Specialized ultrasound machines：
Specialized ultrasound machines are high-investment machines worth thousands of dollars, >$40,000 to $88,000+
These are ultrasound machines for specialized practice. They have customized software and hardware to produce the highest quality ultrasound images.
You’ll find specialized ultrasound machines in specialized clinics and as reserved medical equipment in designated hospital sections such as cardiology, oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, and urology.
Ultrasound machine brands and models that have been on the market for longer and have created a name of quality for years will cost more than newer models trying to make a name for themselves. Of course, that also comes with customer credibility in the model.
Market research by GlobalData suggests that such brands include GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers AG, Philips Healthcare, and Canon Medical Systems Corp in that order.（1）
Consider, for example, GE LOGIQ™ E10 by GE Healthcare, reviewed later in the article.
Newer brands and models will also cost more if they have the latest Smart features, such as 4D imaging, TEE probes, and Smart Apps, allowing exceptional features such as remote control and image sharing.
It is indisputable that a new ultrasound machine will cost you more than a used or refurbished one.New
ultrasound machines arrive to the buyer straight from the manufacturer or distributor. You buy these machines at the current market price, with the manufacturer-set warranty period.
Market indicators suggest that new ultrasound machines can go for $40-000-$80,000+ depending on the model.Refurbished
ultrasound machines have undergone a complete makeover by professional technicians to bring their performance up to date with manufacturer standards and give them a deserved facelift.
The cost of a refurbished ultrasound machine will depend on how much work goes into renovating the machine. Often, the refurbished ultrasound equipment cost is between 50%-60% lower than the new one.（2）Used
ultrasound machines are passed from the first buyer to a second buyer as they are, which makes them the cheapest option of the three condition categories. It’s important to have the machine's condition evaluated to make sure you are buying it for what it’s worth.
It is worth mentioning the Demo
ultrasound machines. These ultrasound machines have not been in the hands of a customer but are used for trade fairs and exhibitions, testing purposes, or training. In sum, they are almost new.
Their quality and cost lie between the new and refurbished machine categories. More precisely, you can buy a demo ultrasound machine for 30%-40% less than the new machines.
Ultrasound machines will need to be moved from one healthcare setting to another from time to time. This can be cumbersome if you have a large machine, and that also means a trolley as an efficiency accessory.
For the same reason, smaller handheld ultrasound machines that use simple tabletop stands are less costly than larger trolly-dependent ultrasound machines.
I’ll tell you more about the cost comparison between cart-based and point-of-care ultrasound machines in the designated sections later.
First though, here’s a pro tip on how to get value for your money when buying an ultrasound machine on a budget.