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.)

In addition to this question on major, minor, or no declines in non-coronavirus procedure volume, IMV’s COVID-19 Impact on Imaging Facilities Tracking Study addresses ten other questions to understand the impact of COVID-19 on imaging procedure volume and budgets for eleven key imaging modalities, and on imaging department operations. The complete tracking report is available for clients who purchase ongoing access to this study and uses Tableau Reader© to interactively compare the results to each biweekly wave using key demographic variables.

The following are some observations of what the maps tell us, comparing the results of Wave 1 and Wave 2 for the US and Europe.

United States

In the US, the imaging professionals are slightly more optimistic in Wave 2 about the overall impact on their non-coronavirus procedure volume than in Wave 1, with 85% saying that they are experiencing a “major decline” in Wave 2 compared to a higher 92% in Wave 1, resulting in a net improvement of 7 percentage points.

Which geographical areas of the United States are more optimistic, and which are more pessimistic? It turns out that from Wave 1 to Wave 2, the respondents in all four of the US Census Regions of the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West are more optimistic, with the scores for “major decline” improving as follows:

Percent Experiencing a “Major Decline” in Imaging Procedures – US

US Census Region

Wave 1

(4/10/20-4/26/20)

Wave 2

(4/27/20-5/7/20)

Northeast

                   94%

                   90%

Midwest

                   94%

                   88%

South

                   90%

                   83%

West

                   91%

                   84%

Total US

                   92%

                   85%

Respondents in the South and West US Census Regions are the most optimistic, with a decline of 7 percentage points, in contrast to a decline of 4 percentage points in the Northeast.

By the four US Census Regions, the following observations can be made about the most optimistic and least optimistic states:

 

  • Northeast: The states that are the least optimistic are Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, which scored 100% in both waves. Meanwhile there are slight increases in optimism in New York, which improved slightly from 88% to 86%, and Pennsylvania, which improved from 96% to 92%.
  • Midwest: The states that are the least optimistic are Kansas, Missouri, and North Dakota, which scored 100% in both waves. The states that are the most optimistic are Nebraska (from 86% to 67%), Iowa (from 100% to 83%), Ohio (from 93% to 78%), and Wisconsin (from 93% to 78%).
  • South: The states that are the least optimistic are Delaware, Maryland, and Kentucky, which scored 100% in both waves. The states that are the most optimistic are Georgia (from 100% to 67%), Alabama (from 70% to 40%), Tennessee (from 100% to 80%), and Mississippi (from 91% to 71%).
  • West: The states that are the least optimistic are Montana and Hawaii, which scored 100% in both waves. The states that are the most optimistic are California (from 96% to 77%), Arizona (from 100% to 83%), Tennessee (from 100% to 80%), and Oregon (from 91% to 75%). However, respondents in Washington are less optimistic in Wave 2 than Wave 1, with those indicating “major decline” increasing from 86% to 100%.

Europe

In Europe, the imaging professionals are also slightly more optimistic in Wave 2 about the overall impact on their non-coronavirus procedure volume than in Wave 1, with 74% saying that they are experiencing a “major decline” in Wave 2 compared to a higher 82% in Wave 1, resulting in a net improvement of 8 percentage points.

Which European countries are more optimistic, and which are more pessimistic? From Wave 1 to Wave 2, while the respondents in the five key European countries of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are more optimistic in Wave 2, with their scores improving from 85% to 80%, they, as a group, are more pessimistic than those in the other European countries, whose scores for “major decline” improved by a larger 11 points, from 79% to 68%:

Percent Experiencing a “Major Decline” in Imaging Procedures – Europe

Europe

Wave 1

(4/10/20-4/26/20)

Wave 2

(4/27/20-5/7/20)

Key countries

(UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain)

                   85%

                   80%

Other European countries

(20-27 countries)

                   79%

                   68%

Total Europe

                   82%

                   74%

For the countries with respondents in both waves, those that are the less optimistic include Sweden (from 67% to 100%), France (from 67% to 100%), Italy (from 76% to 80%), and Greece (from 67% to 75%), while those that are more optimistic include the United Kingdom (from 100% to 84%), Spain (from 78% to 73%) and Germany (from 88% to 67%).

For information about purchasing IMV’s COVID-19 Impact on Imaging Facilities Tracking Study, visit the IMV website at https://imvinfo.com/product/covid-19-imaging-facility-tracker/ or call 773-778-3080 to speak with a representative.