An estimated 50.1 million CT procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2003, up 10% from the 45.4 million procedures performed in 2002, according to a study recently released by market research and consulting firm IMV Medical Information Division.
CT has become the workhorse of diagnostic imaging, said IMV senior director of market research Lorna Young. Bread-and-butter procedures such as pelvic and abdominal, brain, head and neck, chest, and spine studies produced 85% of CT exams, while specialty studies such as vascular and cardiac exams contributed 5% in 2003. Specialty studies did grow 37%, however, reaching 2.6 million procedures in 2003.
The average number of procedures performed per CT system in 2003 was 5,300 per year, with the typical site open 54 hours a week for scheduled procedures, according to the Des Plaines, IL-based firm. CT sites are replacing their scanners every six to seven years, yielding a replacement market of at least 1,000 units per year.
IMV's 2004 CT Census Database provides profiles of CT utilization based on survey responses from over 5,500 CT sites in the U.S.
By AuntMinnie.com staff writers
February 4, 2005
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