An estimated 27.4 million MR procedures were performed in 2020 by radiology/imaging departments in U.S. hospitals, their associated outpatient locations, and independent imaging centers using fixed MR systems and mobile MR services, according to IMV Medical Information Division’s newly published 2020 MR Market Outlook Report. While monthly procedure volume bounced back toward the end of 2020, it is still below pre-pandemic levels.
The COVID-19 pandemic had an immediate impact nationwide on total MR procedure volume in early 2020. IMV’s survey was conducted in August/September 2020, and the respondents were asked how many MR procedures were conducted in January and April 2020. Based on their responses, the estimated nationwide monthly MR procedure volume in January 2020 was 2.79 million but declined by almost 50% in April 2020 to 1.42 million.