Could MRI and CT Scanners be Operated More Intensively in Canada?

Healthcare Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2007

Posted: 16 Jan 2008

See all articles by Ruolz Ariste

Ruolz Ariste

Université Laval; Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO)

Gilles Fortin

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Abstract

Although availability of necessary equipment could play a role in wait times for MRI and CT exams in Canada, there are other dimensions to this issue. More machines do not necessarily reduce wait times. It is important to also consider other factors like the level of utilisation of the existing pool of scanners. This paper analyses utilisation of MRI and CT scanners (machines) by focussing on two indicators: the number of exams per machine per year and the number of hours of operation per machine per week. These values were calculated and reported by province, followed by an assessment of the average level of utilisation of MRI and CT scanners in Canada. The findings suggest that some provinces use their MRI or CT scanners less intensively than others. On average, in Canada, an additional 31% operating capacity may exist for MRI and 68% for CT without additional capital/infrastructure investments. However, supply-side as well as demand-side constraints may prevent a given jurisdiction from operating at full capacity.

Keywords: Medical Imaging Technology, MRI, CT, Exams

JEL Classification: I10

Suggested Citation

Ariste, Ruolz and Fortin, Gilles, Could MRI and CT Scanners be Operated More Intensively in Canada?. Healthcare Policy, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015888

Ruolz Ariste (Contact Author)

Université Laval

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

Université du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO) ( email )

Case postale 1250
succursale Hull
Gatineau, Québec J8X 3X7
Canada

Gilles Fortin

Canadian Institute for Health Information ( email )

495 Richmond Road, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4H6
Canada

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
335
PlumX Metrics