Radiosurgery system prices rise nearly 80%
By Jaimy Lee
The index gathers monthly and annual price data for about 30 supply and capital items purchased by hospitals and other healthcare providers, based on three-month rolling averages.
The average price point for radiosurgery systems was $4.9 million in January of this year, a 77.7% increase compared with January 2012 and a 4.3% increase compared with December 2012.
Kevin Lee, a senior analyst in the ECRI Institute’s healthcare technology advisory service, attributed the cost boost to interest in newer and more expensive systems, such as the TrueBeam STx platform developed by Varian Medical Systems, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based device and software manufacturer.
“That’s what’s influencing the average cost,” Lee said.
Academic medical centers and cancer centers are most likely to purchase the higher-cost systems.
Varian and Stockholm-based Elekta are expected to introduce new platforms this year and Accuray, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., recently launched a new version of its robotic system. The new platforms could lead to higher averages costs across the board for radiosurgery systems, Lee noted.