As mentioned in our June 2nd blog highlighting some results from IMV’s newly published 2020 Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Service Outlook Report, the types of support services hospitals typically have in their current service contracts are the classic “break-and-fix” and preventive maintenance (PM) services, including “PM visits during routine working hours,” “technical support by telephone,” “contracted on-site response time for service visits,” “OEM parts,” and “remote diagnostics.” These support services address a key department priority to “reduce the mean time to repair imaging equipment,” which two thirds of the respondents indicated is a top priority to address over the next few years.

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In today’s fast-paced and changing healthcare market, hospitals are closely scrutinizing their total cost of ownership for diagnostic imaging equipment. With ongoing pressure on their revenue sources, coverage for equipment maintenance, repair, and value-added services continue to be critical considerations in such budgetary decisions, according to IMV’s newly published 2020 Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Service Outlook Report.

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COVID-19 Imaging Facility Tracker

IMV has been conducting its COVID-19 Imaging Facilities Tracking Study since April 10, 2020 on a biweekly basis, surveying imaging professionals in the United States and Europe about the impact of COVID-19 on their procedure volume, imaging budgets, and department operations.

The Wave 2 data collection was completed on May 7th, and maps of the respondents’ sentiment on the impact on their non-coronavirus procedure volume in the US and Europe can be accessed from the home page of this IMV website. The maps depict the respondents’ answers to the question “Is your department experiencing a major, minor, or no decline in non-coronavirus procedure volume due to COVID-19?” These maps can be viewed to see the results for each survey wave by state for the US and by country for Europe. (As of this date, you can also see interim results to this question from Wave 3, whose data collection will end on May 21st.)

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For the first time ever, the number and proportion of CT procedures conducted with no contrast media in the United States exceeded those conducted with contrast media in 2019, according to IMV Medical Information Division’s 2019 CT Market Outlook Report. IMV estimates that 52% of the 91.4 million CT procedures conducted in the U.S. in 2019 were performed without contrast media, which is up from 33% of the 76.0 million procedures conducted in 2007.

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Procedure volume in the PET market is continuing to grow at about 6% per year in the United States since 2013, reaching its highest level ever in the U.S. in 2019.

An estimated 2,200,800 clinical PET scans were performed in U.S. hospital and non-hospital sites using fixed PET imaging systems or mobile PET services, according to IMV’s newly published “2020 PET Imaging Market Summary Report.” Compared to an estimated 2,086,000 PET scans performed in 2018, total PET scans increased about 6% to 2,200,800 in 2019, representing the highest level of PET scan volume to date in the U.S. Moreover, based on estimates for the next twelve months provided by the survey respondents, total PET scans will continue the single-digit growth trend of a 6-7% increase in PET scans in 2020.

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