Open, high-field systems drive MRI purchasing

August 16, 2000

Improved patient comfort in areas where MRI markets are saturated is contributing to moderate growth in the industry, according to a research report.The industry generated revenue in 1999 in the U.S. of more than $1 billion, according to Frost &

Improved patient comfort in areas where MRI markets are saturated is contributing to moderate growth in the industry, according to a research report.

The industry generated revenue in 1999 in the U.S. of more than $1 billion, according to Frost & Sullivan’s research, and projected revenue by 2006 is more than $1.5 billion. The report, “U.S. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment Markets,” said that higher field strength systems are also pushing the market forward.

Higher field strength means higher image quality, and demand for quality is rising, the report said. Improved imaging techniques, however, are allowing even lower field strength machines to produce higher quality images than before, affording facilities that can use these systems considerable cost savings.

“For applications that can be satisfied with lower field strength, other key factors such as system openness and price become more important than the higher field image,” the report said. “Also, comfort-enhancing accessories have the potential to increase the number of applications for MRI and will, therefore, heighten market potential.”

According to the report, MRI purchases are based on either high field strength or low cost, with most buyers ignoring mid-range equipment.