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Canadian Medical Imaging Inventory

Date: March 31, 2016
Result type: Resources

Medical imaging is critical to diagnosing, monitoring and, in some cases, treating a vast array of illnesses and conditions, from cancer to internal injury. As imaging technologies advance, old machines are decommissioned, and new machines are installed, there is a need to keep track of where imaging capacity exists.

CADTH has created an inventory to capture this information, recording where specific medical imaging machines are located and how they are being used. This information can help guide decisions in health technology management and policy, and it paves the way for ongoing exploration of medical imaging questions.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collected data on medical imaging technologies in Canada, up to mid-2012, at which time collection was discontinued. CADTH has now taken on this task and will continue to maintain the inventory and publish a report of the findings every two years.


The 2015 Canadian Medical Imaging Inventory (CMII) report is now available!

Full Report In Brief Executive Summary

For this round of the inventory, CADTH sent a survey in the fall of 2015 to all provinces and territories to collect data on the following imaging modalities:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Hybrid positron emission technology (PET) and CT modalities (PET-CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Single-photon emission tomography (SPECT)
  • Hybrid SPECT and CT modalities (SPECT-CT)
  • Hybrid PET and MRI modalities (PET-MRI).

These six modalities were given priority, to manage the project scope.

Data collection for the next round will occur in 2017, and the update will be published in 2018. The success of this inventory relies on the engagement and collaboration of stakeholders at all levels of the Canadian health care system. If you work in a Canadian medical imaging facility, we need your help in gathering information.

Your input will help decision-makers at national, regional, and local levels to:

  • Determine gaps in medical imaging equipment needs across Canada
  • Understand how medical imaging equipment is being used
  • Inform strategic planning for medical imaging.

If you would like to participate in future surveys, please contact


CADTH would like to acknowledge the following associations and networks for their support in the development and launch of the CMII:

Canadian Association of Radiologists
Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists — CAMRT
Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Society of Cardiovascular Nuclear and CT Imaging
Cardiac Care Network of Ontario
CIRA — Canadian Interventional Radiology Association
Sonography Canada.

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