2024 Portable X-Ray Price Guide

How much does a Portable X-Ray system cost?

A refurbished Portable X-ray system can vary greatly based on the model and its features, with prices ranging from $40,000 for basic units to as much as $100,000 for high-end models. For an intermediate-level X-ray system, buyers typically invest between $60,000 and $75,000.

Whether you are upgrading your healthcare facility or handling your hospital’s budget, this guide aims to guide you through the financial considerations and factors involved in acquiring a Portable X-ray system.

We'll delve into the various costs associated with purchasing a Portable X-ray, examining different features and price tiers, which all contribute to the overall cost of the system.


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The Average Cost of a Portable X-Ray

Portable X-ray machines can be classified into three different tiers, entry-level, intermediate, and premium.

Each tier is defined not only by cost but also by the technological capabilities, mobility, and intended user demographics of each system.

These tiers provide a comprehensive framework to understand the key factors involved in purchasing a portable X-ray system, helping you make the most informed choice for your facility.



Entry-level portable X-ray systems are the most budget-friendly option, typically ranging from $40,000-$45,000.

Examples in this category include the GE AMX IV and the Amrad Dragon.

These systems are ideal for urgent care and single-doctor practices with low patient volumes, supporting workflows of 7-10 patients a day.

Because of their portability and smaller generator size, they can also be used for house calls.

Overall, they are best suited for facilities that need smaller-sized equipment with generators ranging from 1.5-2 kW.

Notably, these systems do not have natively integrated digital detectors, making them a cost-effective choice for basic imaging needs.



Intermediate portable X-ray systems offer a perfect blend of quality, performance, and cost-effectiveness, with prices ranging from $45,000-$65,000.

Ideal for imaging centers or smaller orthopedic centers, these systems feature motorized drives, which are beneficial for facilities that frequently move their X-ray equipment.

Equipped with 12-30 kW generators and a sub-drive for adjusting techniques, intermediate systems like the GE Optima 200, Siemens Mira, and Carestream DRX Revolution can handle workflows of 15-25 patients a day.

This makes them suitable for facilities needing more robust and versatile imaging solutions.



Premium portable X-ray systems, typically ranging from $80,000-$100,000, stand out due to their advanced features.

These systems, such as the GE Optima 240, Siemens Elara Max, and Carestream DRX Revolution, are equipped with built-in integrated detectors for superior image quality.

They also feature a built-in computer for seamless communication with powerful 15-40 kW generators.

Advanced wireless connectivity allows for seamless integration with PACS and modality workflows, streamlining data management and improving patient care coordination.

Premium portable X-ray systems are designed to meet hospital-grade standards and are capable of handling a much higher workflow.





Entry-Level Units 

GE AMX IV (w/DR retrofit)

Amrad Dragon (w/ DR panel)



Intermediate Level Units

GE Optima 220 

Siemens Mira

Carestream DRX Revolution (w/ Windows 7)



Premium-Level Units

GE Optima 240

Siemens Elara Max

Carestream DRX Revolution (w/Windows 10)

*Please note these prices are estimates for refurbished equipment, installed with a 1-year warranty.



Advantages of Refurbished Portable X-ray Systems

Refurbished portable X-ray systems provide significant cost savings, typically costing 20-40% less than new ones, and often include lower maintenance and service costs with warranties.

They are readily available, offering a quicker solution for facilities needing immediate equipment replacement or upgrades.

Additionally, these systems offer advanced imaging technology with upgraded components at a substantially lower cost, ensuring high performance and extended system life.


Cost Savings 

One of the biggest advantages of purchasing a refurbished system is the significant cost savings. Refurbished systems typically cost 20-40% less than new ones.

In addition to lower purchase prices, the maintenance and service costs for refurbished systems are often lower.

Many refurbished systems come with warranties and service plans that help keep ongoing costs manageable.


Immediate Availability 

Refurbished portable X-ray systems are readily available on the market, whereas new systems might require longer lead times for manufacturing and delivery.

This immediate availability can be a crucial advantage for facilities needing to replace or upgrade equipment quickly.

Ultimately, purchasing refurbished can be a faster solution and improve system uptime. 


Advanced Features at a Lower Cost

Opting for refurbished portable X-rays rather than new ones offers access to sophisticated imaging technology at a substantially lower cost.

Refurbished systems often come with upgraded components, such as detectors, software, or hardware enhancements, which can improve performance and extend the system's life.


Other Costs to Consider When Purchasing A Portable X-Ray

Service Contract Costs

When purchasing imaging equipment, one of the first questions to ask should be about the available service options.

This is especially true for portable X-rays, where having a reliable service company can help you avoid costly downtime.

It's also crucial to choose a highly serviceable X-ray system. The models listed above are popular, well-known options with high parts availability.

Our experience has led us to invest in engineering expertise, parts, and inventory for these specific models based on these factors.

Another important detail to understand is how the detector is covered within a service plan.

Since the detector is the most valuable part of the system, ensuring it is well-covered and understanding any exclusions under this coverage is essential.


Accessories and Upgrades

Portable X-ray systems, due to their mobile nature, typically require fewer accessories than their full-sized counterparts.

However, a few worthwhile additions include a detector case and a mobile wall stand.

Investing in a detector case is highly recommended to protect the most valuable part of your system from bumps, knocks, and even drops.

For a fraction of the cost of a replacement detector, a detector case is a smart investment to safeguard your equipment.

Adding a mobile wall stand can expand the types of shots you can take, enhancing the versatility of your portable X-ray system.


Purchasing a portable X-ray system involves more than just the price! It requires balancing budget constraints while ensuring the best imaging support for your facility. As you refine the scope of your project, keep these key takeaways in mind. 

  1. Choose the Right Price Tier: Whether it's entry-level, intermediate, or premium, choose the right price tier that fits your budget needs and imaging requirements. 
  2. Assess Key Features: Evaluate how features like detector quality, imaging power, and mobility align with your diagnostic requirements. 
  3. Decide Between New or Refurbished: Weigh the cost savings, availability, and features of new vs. refurbished portable X-ray machines, and then align these factors with your budget.
  4. Factor in Additional Costs: Remember that service contract costs, accessories, and upgrades, can be valuable add-ons to your equipment purchase.

By considering these key factors and takeaways, you can make a well-informed decision that best suits your facility's needs. 


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