Last Updated : December 11, 2023
CADTH has released a preview of the results from its Canadian Medical Imaging Inventory (CMII) survey, a national survey of imaging facilities across Canada. The Evidence Preview report offers a snapshot of the state of Canada’s advanced medical imaging capacity, which includes CT units, MRI units, PET-CT units, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) units, SPECT-CT units, and PET-MRI units.
This report is the first in a series that CADTH will publish between now and April 2024. Subsequent reports will provide jurisdiction-level information for each modality as well as provincial and territorial summaries.
Results from the CMII survey show that the numbers of advanced imaging equipment in Canada are generally increasing:
Additionally, Canada’s medical imaging equipment is aging. One-third of CT and MRI units, more than one-quarter of PET-CT units, nearly three-quarters of SPECT units, and nearly half of SPECT-CT units are at least 10 years old. Guidelines from the Canadian Association of Radiologists recommend that the maximum life expectancy and clinical relevance for any aging equipment should not exceed 15 years.
Innovation and new advancements in medical imaging continue to emerge rapidly. As health systems struggle to meet the increasing demand for imaging services, and with the expanding role of medical imaging in guiding treatment and interventional procedures, there is growing interest in technological innovations that can increase capacity and speed up diagnoses. The survey examines some of these developments:
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