Canadian Association of Radiologists

Canadian Association of Radiologists

January 30, 2007 11:07 ET

The Canadian Association of Radiologists Proactive in Ensuring Long-Term Viability of Canadian Diagnostic Imaging Program

Equipment and operator audit will permit hospital benchmarking and responsible planning

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 30, 2007) - The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) announces that it is spearheading a study of Canada's inventory diagnostic imaging equipment using variables such as type, capability and age. This evaluation seeks to determine the condition of existing equipment, much of which was purchased in 2000 and 2001 following a 2.5 billion dollar allocation by the Federal government. Database results will help CAR project future needs and prepare a timeline for necessary equipment upgrades. Millennium Research Group (MRG), a firm with expertise in digital imaging market surveys and analysis has been chosen to oversee the research, which will be conducted in 400 hospitals across Canada starting in February 2007. In 1999, CAR launched a similar project for MRI and CT machines which resulted in government funding for the acquisition of leading technologies.

CAR's diagnostic imaging equipment audit will serve to ensure that radiology centres of comparable size, population and mission benefit from similar technologies. For comparative purposes, CAR will also incorporate a census of radiologists and technologists working in hospitals across the country into its study, as well as monitor the number of exams conducted in each centre. Regional disparities in technologies and services will be identified and targeted for elimination, in an effort to improve the overall quality of care in Canadian hospitals from coast to coast.

"Equipment purchased with government funding at the beginning of the decade will need to be updated at roughly the same time. At the same time, human resources must be in place in each region, serving Canadian populations equally," claims Normand Laberge CEO of the CAR. "It is important that we have a clear picture of the status of our technological and human resources now, so we can begin careful and efficient planning for the future."

The annual report to be produced by MRG will interest a number of groups and particularly hospitals will be able to benchmark themselves against other facilities. The CAR will be able to lobby government with the aid of a powerful tool which will allow it to illustrate actual and future needs as well as support the strategic planning initiatives of the country's various health ministries.

"In undertaking this proactive measure, the Canadian Association of Radiologists remains vigilant in ensuring that Canadians never again have to endure the inefficiencies of substandard imaging equipment or of resource shortages," says Mr. Laberge. "It is critical to Canadians that the quality of our healthcare system remains a priority on the national agenda."

Imaging equipment plays a key role in non-invasive diagnosis of disease and abnormalities, such as cancer, fetal malformations, brain disease and bone fractures. Operated by radiologists, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET scans), computed tomography (CT scans), radiographs (X-rays), ultrasound, fluoroscopy and mammography machines as well as nuclear medicine scanners have all come to play a key role within the Canadian health care system.

About the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)

Founded in 1937, the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) is a voluntary organization representing the goals and the interests of imaging specialists in the Canadian medical community. The purpose of the organization is to promote the clinical, educational, research and political goals of Canadian radiology to members, organized radiology, medical associations, government and the public. As the national specialty society for diagnostic radiology, the CAR is recognized both within and without the medical profession as the official voice of Canadian radiology. www.car.ca.

About Millennium Research Group (MRG)

Millennium Research Group (www.MRG.net), a Decision Resources, Inc. company (www.DecisionResources.com), is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and a leading provider of strategic information to the health care sector. Focused solely on the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries, the company provides its clients with the benefits of its specialized industry expertise through published reports and customized consulting services.

Contact Information

  • INDICO Communications
    Michelle Sullivan
    514-995-4015
    or
    Canadian Association of Radiologists
    Normand Laberge
    Chief Executive Officer
    514-778-3111 ext. 204
    514-772-3111 (Cell phone)
    normand@car.ca