CT procedure volume in U.S. hit all-time high in 2019

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CT procedure volume in U.S. hit all-time high in 2019

por John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | February 07, 2020
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Many respondents also indicated a desire for improved information technology capabilities to address CMS’ requirements for implementing “appropriate use” criteria through electronic decision support systems, as well as to integrate cumulative radiation and contrast dose tracking into their workflow, and to increase cybersecurity. Only 18%, however, indicated a high likelihood of being early adopters of AI, with respondents deeming it still in the early adoption state.

The CT market is expected to remain relatively stable, with 80% of planned CT purchases meant to replace older equipment. Twenty-eight percent of CT sites have indicated their intention to buy a scanner over the next three years, while 23% say they may do this as well. The combined total of both responses has been relatively consistent at 51-58% since IMV’s 2012 report.

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Among those that are interested in purchasing new machines, over 80% of planned CT scanners will have configurations with 64 or more slices. Facilities also seek advances in CT hardware and software technology to generate high-quality images, and reduce the need for using contrast media, to lower radiation dose, to scan obese patients, and to decrease scan time.

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