The number of slices that you will require will depend on a few things, that is, the type of studies you plan to do and the market conditions in your environment.
Type Of Studies
The type of studies you are in will help you determine the PET CT machine that you need. Cardiac studies will require a high slice count, in some areas they can be refurbished if you are only using a 64- slice system. If you decide to do cardiac studies (MPI), a 4-slice GE system is the best for you.
When it comes to oncology studies, any PET/CT system is appropriate.
PET/CTs can be found from 3 main manufacturES in the following slice counts:
Market Condition in Your Environment
You need to consider the market conditions in your area, if they are high, it will be necessary for you to know the slice counts that are available to patients in the facilities in your area. You may find that you need to be more competitive so as to draw referrals your facility.
Under calculating reimbursement revenue according to the patient volume (use radiology reimbursement calculator here), it is vital that you understand something: Different from a CT scanner, an increased slice count on the PET/CT will not have to change the scanning times and output. Why? Because no matter the slice count of the CT portion in the PET.CT system thePET part is always slower. The entire scan time depends on that speed and not the CT’;s. Note:
Note: PET scanner speeds various depending on the manufacturer.