Drop in MR procedure volume in 2017 does not dampen plans to purchase scanners

January 29, 2018 — Des Plaines, IL – An 8% drop in overall MRI procedure volume in the U.S. in 2017 does not seem to have dampened plans at many hospitals to buy new scanners, according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division.

According to IMV’s 2017 MR Market Outlook Report, this 8% drop in procedures is occurring at the same time there is a dramatic shift of procedure volume from independent imaging centers to hospitals.

The report estimates 36 million MR procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2017 compared to 39 million in 2016. A closer look at the numbers indicates a major shift in where MRI studies are being performed. Those performed in hospitals increased by about 9%, while those performed in non-hospitals decreased by about 20%.