Table 1

Unit costs and comparison for the brain tumour diagnostic pathway

ItemUK cost per unit (£) (2015 prices)USA cost per unit ($) (2016 prices)Source(s)
CT imaging study
(CT head)
85163National Schedule of Reference Costs (2014–2015), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (2016)
MRI imaging study
(MRI brain with contrast)
164380National Schedule of Reference Costs (2014–2015), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (2016)
Neurology outpatient appointment3576PSSRU (2016), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (2016)
GP visit47.2576PSSRU (2016), Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (2016)
Stable disease monitoring costs116 per 3 months15428, exchange rate adjusted
Serum spectroscopy testLower limit: 50
Upper limit: 100
Lower limit: 100
Upper limit: 200
Assumed prices
  • GP, general practitioner; PSSRU, Personal Social Services Research Unit.