Throughout every region of the United States and Canada, there is significant growth in the number of units and complexity of diagnostic imaging systems. The public sector has played a noticeable role in the increase in purchases we have analyzed in the industry. As we scrutinized in our Feb 19th, 2015 blog, Ultrasound has seen growth, with a proliferation of purchases supposed in the future. In a related development, government entities are also buying and installing a remarkable number of MRI systems.
The necessity for additional MRI systems is thoroughly apparent. The Peter G. Peterson Foundation represented in a Mar 2nd, 2015 graph that, when compared to other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the U.S. performs a higher number of MRI procedures compared to other OECD members. As you can see, there are more MRI exams done in the U.S., per 1,000 in population, than the combined numbers in the U.K., Australia, and Korea.
Victor R. Fuchs was published in The Atlantic, back in July 2014, and asked, ‘Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?‘. In part, Mr. Fuchs answered his question where he noted, “Compared with the average OECD country, the U.S. delivers (population adjusted) almost three time as many mammograms, two-and-a-half times the number of MRI scans, and 31 percent more C-sections. Also, the U.S. has more stand-by equipment, for example, 1.66 MRI machines per 6,000 annual scans vs. 1.06 machines. The extra machines provide easier access for Americans, but add to cost.” True.
In the early 1990’s, there were roughly 2,000 MRI systems in the U.S. Today, a brief fifteen years later, there are many times over that number. Along with acquisition of new systems, some of the older systems are in the process of being replaced. For both scenarios, as you can see below, the public sector is a fertile target for vendors.
According to IMV’s 2014 MR Market Outlook Report, an estimated 34.9 million MRI procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2014. The average procedures performed per site has remained about the same as in 2013.”
Due to the swell of these numbers, the five major MRI systems providers, Siemens, Philips, Toshiba, GE Healthcare, and Hitachi are strategizing and tailoring their systems to meet the demands. Again, it’s safe to assume that these “Big 5”, as well as other players, are watching very closely at the MRI-related bid request activity in the public sector.
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