Medical imaging has become essential to medical care and treatment in Canada. In 2012, Canadians underwent 1.7 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams and 4.4 million computed tomography (CT) exams. This represents nearly double the number of such exams performed in 2003.
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In early 2013, CIHI released new data on medical imaging in Canada. This data shows that rates for diagnostic tests, such as MRI exams and CT scans, vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another:
National Survey of Selected Medical Imaging Equipment
The National Survey of Selected Medical Imaging Equipment collects data from all provinces and territories for public and private health care facilities that have one or more of the selected types of high-tech equipment. CIHI assumed responsibility for the survey in 2003, and each version of the survey since then has introduced new data elements. For example, the 2004 survey added the number of MRI and CT exams performed, and the 2009 survey included data on wait times.
Canadian MIS Database
The Canadian MIS Database (CMDB) is the national data source for financial and statistical information about hospitals and health regions. We collect data on day-to-day health service operations according to a standardized framework known as the Standards for Management Information Systems in Canadian Health Service Organizations (MIS Standards).
Health Personnel Database
The Health Personnel Database (HPDB) is the only national database containing a broad variety of data on Canada’s health workforce. The HPDB enables time-series comparisons of health human resources at national and provincial/territorial levels. The type of information maintained for each professional group varies, depending on the data available. We gather data from more than 300 organizations, including regulatory associations and colleges, educational institutions and national associations.
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Find out more about the data on medical imaging technology: