US ranks highest worldwide in use of high-tech imaging

The US ranks highest in utilisation of high-tech imaging compared to other countries worldwide.

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By  Stuart Qualtrough Published  May 18, 2005

The US ranks highest in utilisation of high-tech imaging compared to other countries worldwide, while Germany and Singapore ranks high in utilisation of both high and low tech imaging, a study released last month reveals. The study compared utilization of radiography (low-tech imaging) to CT and MR (high tech imaging) in 15 countries (US, Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, South Korea, China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico) to determine how the world's radiology resources were being used. Germany, Singapore and South Korea had the highest per capita utilisation for X-ray, with the lowest utilization in India, China and Indonesia, said Mark Schweitzer, MD, of the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York, and one of the authors of the study. On the other hand, the US had the highest per capita use of MR and CT, almost 10 times more than Singapore and Germany, which each ranked second in per capita utilisation of high-tech imaging. The lowest MR usage was in India, China and Indonesia.

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