Nuclear medicine procedures grow 7%

October 14, 1998

Market research firm Technology Marketing Group of Des Plaines, IL, reported this month that nuclear medicine procedure volume climbed almost 7% in the U.S. in 1997, with the number of studies performed growing from 12.1 million in 1996 to 12.9 million

Market research firm Technology Marketing Group of Des Plaines, IL, reported this month that nuclear medicine procedure volume climbed almost 7% in the U.S. in 1997, with the number of studies performed growing from 12.1 million in 1996 to 12.9 million last year. Nuclear cardiology perfusion studies grew 17% over 1996, TMG reported. Cardiovascular studies make up 45% of overall nuclear medicine procedures, up from 38% in 1993.

TMG's data were based on surveys of more than 5600 nuclear medicine facilities, with 94% of the country's hospital nuclear medicine departments and 85% of independent sites responding. TMG reports that the U.S. gamma camera installed base stands at approximately 11,000 units, with more than half of those installed before 1993.