How Much Does a Bladder Scanner Cost?
A bladder scanner is a moveable and manageable handheld device that has the capabilities of performing an easy, non-invasive and quick scan of the bladder. The device has a transducer and ultrasound probe to transmit sound from the patient’s bladder to the scanner. The device communicates with the computer to calculate the volume of the bladder. A bladder scan can be used to diagnose different urological problems such as bladder cancer.
How much is it?
- On average, a portable bladder scanner can cost anywhere from as little as $1,800 to as much as $15,000. The price will depend on the model, features and system that it uses.
- For example, the BioCon CUBEscan 700 retails for $13,500.
What is going to be included?
- The bladder scanner will have an ultrasound probe and transducer that will reflect the sound waves from the patient’s bladder. Once transmitted, the computer will automatically transmit the bladder volume.
- The whole scanning process takes less than five minutes to complete. The process is painless and non-invasive hence the patient does not have to worry about the process. The process eliminates embarrassment, discomfort, and the risks that might be associated with catheterization. The device automatically shows the volume of the bladder in less than five minutes. The scan can even be done to someone who is under anesthesia or unconscious for other reasons.
- The process enables clinicians to accurately and non-invasively evaluate the need for catheterization. This process is more successful than the manual palpation process to assess the problem. The scanner is used to explain agitation and frequent urination, identify bladder distention, and as an attachment to bladder training. The scanner can also be used as part of the intermittent catheterization programs to eliminate unnecessary toileting. In fact, the device offers an accurate assessment of the patient’s hydration status. If the patient has a hard time getting up, the hospital may suggest catheterization so that he does not have to get out of bed unnecessarily. Instead, a bladder scanner can be used to tell whether or not that patient needs to get out of bed or not.
- Besides, the bladder scanner can be used as a diagnostic tool in evaluating, diagnosing and treating post-operative urinary retention and prevent urinary tract infections.
- Most bladder scanners can have the following features: a pre-scan feature; clear display touch screen of the ultrasonic image; integrated printer; compatible with EMR; and a USB 2.0 interface.
- Most scanners will weigh less than six pounds, making them easy to transport from one room to another.
Advantages of a bladder scanner
- Quickly, accurately, and noninvasively measures bladder volume.
- Helps assess urinary retention and postoperative urinary retention (POUR)
- It helps prevent unnecessary catheterization.
- Helps reduce rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).
- Helps improve efficiency, reduce costs, and save staff time.
- Easy for staff to use—no sonographer required
What are the extra costs?
- A computer unit to read the results often is not included with the scanner.
- EMR and thermal paper to print the results will be something to budget for as well.
- When performing a bladder scan, you will need ultrasound gel. This will need to be purchased on a regular basis.
How can I save money?
- There are a lot of medical equipment companies from which you can purchase a device. Make sure that you compare at least three to five shops before making a purchase.
- You may be able to find a used bladder scanner from an old office or clinic.
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