- One-third of the nuclear imaging sites are physician office locations, including cardiology offices, multispecialty clinics, and imaging centers. Going forward, only one in six planned camera purchases through 2013 will be from physician offices.
- While dual-head SPECT cameras are the most preferred camera type being considered, comprising nearly half of the planned camera purchases, SPECT/CT is increasingly being adopted, comprising one-third of the planned cameras.
- A larger 87% proportion of the NM procedures conducted in nonhospital locations are cardiovascular studies, compared with 47% of those conducted in hospitals. Hospitals are more likely to be conducting other procedure types, including bone scans, liver/hepatobiliary, renal, respiratory, infection/abscess, and tumor localization studies.
- Just over one-quarter of sites indicate they provide neurology applications, but this may grow to one-third by 2013.
- Patient waiting times for nuclear imaging procedures have decreased, with the waiting times of 1+ days for scheduled outpatient procedures decreasing from 77% of the sites in 2003 to 43% of the sites in 2011.
IMV’s 2011 Nuclear Medicine Market Outlook Report is based on responses from 433 nuclear medicine department/facility managers nationwide. Their responses have been projected to the universe of 7,230 short-term general hospitals, imaging centers, and physician practices in the United States that have fixed nuclear medicine cameras, as identified by IMV. For more information about IMV’s report, visit at http://www.imvinfo.com or call 847-297-1404 to speak with a representative.
IMV Medical Information Division is a marketing research and consulting firm founded in 1977, specializing in medical imaging and other advanced healthcare technology markets. IMV’s marketing consulting services, in combination with its databases of U.S. imaging sites with selected modalities, provide clients valuable assistance in strategic planning, customer satisfaction, product development, and sales initiatives.
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