A panoramic X-ray machine is an essential tool for many dentists and specialists. These machines provide vital imaging capabilities with features such as standard panoramic, pediatric, and extraoral bitewing exams. Panoramic X-ray technology has been around for over half a century, popularly used by dental professionals to generate 2D scans of a patient’s facial anatomy including their head, neck, and jaw.
Nowadays, a majority of dentists take digital panoramic scans - which replace film panoramic for easier and more accurate scanning and storage. With many digital panoramic X-ray machines available in the marketplace today, it can be challenging to compare brands, models, and features. It’s important to you, your staff, and your patients that you have the right digital dental X-ray equipment so you can provide the absolute best care for your patients.
Today, we’re going to share the average cost dental professionals pay for panoramic X-ray machines, as well as some of the considerations that impact cost.
Types of Panoramic Machines
Before we discuss the cost of a panoramic X-ray machine, it’s important to know the types of panoramic X-ray machines available.
Based on the procedures you offer, some dental professionals can be served with a 2D panoramic image only. Many brands offer high-quality panoramic images at a reduced radiation level.
Many other dental professionals may be considering 3D imaging through a dental cone beam (also known as a CBCT) system. CBCT offers a much more robust view of the patient’s anatomy - allowing them to offer advanced services. Many CBCT systems available in the marketplace today feature a dedicated panoramic modality or the ability to extract a2D image from a 3D scan.
Finally, doctors offering orthodontic or similar services may require a cephalometric scan. These scans can be captured by a pan/ceph machine, which includes both panoramic and cephalometric imaging. And, there are dental imaging systems available that combine all three of these (panoramic + ceph + cone beam) for holistic 2D and 3D imaging capabilities.
So, a panoramic X-ray can be taken in a variety of ways, and knowing the type of equipment you need is a necessary first step before shopping. With this in mind, below we’re sharing today’s average cost of a 2D panoramic X-ray machine.
The Average Cost of a 2D-Only Pan Machine
Choosing a 2D-only panoramic X-ray machine will help you reduce your initial investment cost, but limit your imaging capabilities. With a pan/ceph or CBCT, the price you’ll pay will exceed the investment for a 2D panoramic.
Dental professionals researching panoramic X-ray machines will find a wide variety of brands and features. Finding a reputable brand with a comfortable mix of features, the price you can expect to pay for a new panoramic X-ray machine will range from $20,000 to $30,000. There are also brands and models available which allow you to purchase 2D panoramic machines today that can be upgraded later to 3D CBCT or with an optional ceph attachment so your machine can grow with your practice.
The Average Cost of a 3D CBCT with Dedicated Panoramic
Making the investment in CBCT can be a significant purchase for a practice. Offering this advanced imaging technology to patients could allow you to expand your service offering as well as retain more patients in-house.
The price you’ll pay on 3D imaging is higher than 2D only. This cost also scales based on your desired field of view (FOV), ranging in three sizes: small, medium, and large. As the FOV increases, so will the cost of the machine.
Generally, the range you can expect to pay is $40,000 to $100,000 for a CBCT machine with a dedicated panoramic from a reputable brand.
The Average Cost of a 2D Only Pan/Ceph Machine
If your practice deals with ortho work, you’ll likely require a ceph attachment on your panoramic machine. The price you can expect to pay for a new 2D pan/ceph X-ray machine will range from $30,000 to $50,000. Again, some brands and certain models are available to be later upgraded with a ceph attachment as your imaging needs change.
How to Save 30% to 50% Off New List Prices on Ceph X-Ray Machines
Did you know that you can save 30% to 50% off each of the list prices above by purchasing certified pre-owned imaging equipment?
For over 10 years, Renew Digital has been the leader in certified pre-owned dental imaging equipment. They have a wide range of 2D panoramic X-ray machines, 2D pan/ceph, CBCT systems, and intraoral scanners, all from the leading brands dentists trust.
They back the quality of your pre-owned equipment through a rigorous system of testing and inspection and then give you peace of mind through comprehensive parts and labor warranty.
They also provide full-service installation and training and project management services, just as you’d receive if you purchased a new machine.
Not sure which brand or model is right for you? All Renew Digital sales representatives are experts across the leading brands. Their brand-neutral approach helps dental professionals find the right systems based on their needs and not just the best option from one single brand portfolio.
Here’s how to get started.
Reach a dedicated sales rep by contacting Renew Digital at 888-246-5611 or complete an online form. Your rep will work with you to determine how your equipment will be used, where it will be placed, and match you to the brands and models most likely to work within your configuration. From purchase through installation, they will be there to provide you with the 5-stay level of customer service they’ve offered for the past decade.