Privately Operated Medical Imaging Facilities Across Canada


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Health Technology Review
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CMII Service
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This report summarizes information on the number and location of privately operated imaging facilities across Canada. The objective of this report is to determine the number and geographic distribution of privately operated medical imaging facilities accepting private payment for advanced medical imaging services, specifically CT, MRI, SPECT, SPECT-CT, and PET-CT. A secondary objective is to identify the number of private medical imaging facilities operating as part of chain ownerships.

Key Message

There are at least 85 privately operated facilities in Canada that accept private payment for advanced medical imaging exams (i.e., CT, MRI, single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT], SPECT and CT [SPECT-CT], and/or positron emission tomography [PET] and CT [PET-CT]).Quebec has the highest number of private facilities that offer advanced medical imaging exams among provinces, followed by Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Most private imaging facilities operate in or near census metropolitan areas. More than half of private imaging facilities operate as part of chain ownerships, and further growth in chain ownership is under way. Although less than 10% of all CT and MRI exams are delivered in the private setting, they are the most commonly performed type of privately delivered advanced medical imaging exams.