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NHS in England reports 5% jump in diagnostic imaging tests

This article was originally published in Clinica

Executive Summary

The NHS in England has seen a significant increase in imaging and radiodiagnostic testing activity in the 12 months ending 31 March 2010, according to data released yesterday by the Department of Health. Over 37.7 million imaging tests were performed during the period 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, an increase of 5% compared with the just under 36 million tests recorded over the same period the previous year. By imaging modality, these included 21.9 million X-rays, 3.7 million computed tomography (CT) scans, 2 million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, 8.2 million ultrasound scans, 0.6 million tests using radio-isotopes and 1.3 million fluoroscopy examinations.

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