ECRI Institute releases MRI user experience ratings


ECRI Institute, a non-profit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released its user experience ratings on MRI systems.

ECRI Institute’s SELECTplus User Experience Network polled hundreds of MRI 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.

 “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 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 $2.5million for 3T models; 1.5T models typically cost between $1.3 million and $1.6 million.

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

ECRI Institute, Jennifer Myers, US