Demand for medical imaging (MI) services in Canada is growing. Finding the most efficient way to use, maintain, upgrade, or replace MI equipment has important implications not only for patients and clinicians requiring these diagnostics, but also impacts health system efficiencies and access to services such as surgical procedures and cancer care.
In Canada, the recommended maintenance and lifespan of MI equipment are not meeting internationally recognized targets. But these standards, which have not kept pace with the many changes taking place in the MI field, are only one approach to inform and guide how and when to address Canada’s aging and technologically outdated MI equipment.
Medical Imaging Equipment in Canada: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities discusses how advances in medical imaging technology, automation of procurement processes, and shifting values within the healthcare system are all impacting how Canada’s MI life cycle is understood, managed, and evaluated.