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Tomography

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) magnetic resonance imaging and (b) dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scanners there were in the NHS in each year since 1997. (249275)

The Department does not routinely collect this data centrally. However, from information supplied by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) the installed base of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners in the English national health service plus additional scanners supplied each year from 1997 to 2008 are shown in the following table. The installed base for MRI scanners for 1998 and 1999 were not collected.

The total number of installed MRI scanners for each year can only be considered to be approximate, it is not possible to provide data regarding exact numbers for each year since 1997 due to local variations in timescales for centrally funded scanners from award then delivery and installation, as well as different time periods for the removal from clinical service of the scanners being replaced.

Data for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanners are not collected.

MRI scanners installed base

Additional

Total (approximate)

1997

110

2000

1

183

2001

19

202

2002

12

214

2003

18

232

2004

31

263

2005

26

289

2006

10

299

2007

0

299

2008

0

299

Note:

The databases of installed equipment held by the HPA contain data supplied periodically by manufacturers and as such can only be considered to be a snapshot in time rather than an absolute position.

Source:

HPA