CT scanner base in the UK

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The UK has some of the most intensively used MRI and CT scanners in the EU x and the demand for general CT continues to grow in the UK. In the last decade CT studies performed have risen by 160% whilst between 2012 and 2015 demand increased 29% in England and 55% in Scotland xi. Even for general CT there is currently a lack of capacity to respond to this demand. The UK has a very low number of CT scanners as compared with other OECD countries, with around 9 CT scanners per million population; compared to Germany (19), Spain (17), and France (14) per million population xii


Map 1. Cardiac enabled scanners by region in the UK*

As per NICE guidelines, Cardiac CT scanners must be of a higher specification; they must be a minimum of 64-detector technology, however, as NICE have previously commented, both dose and image quality are better on more modern technology vi

The BSCI/BSCCT, working with all the CT manufacturers, has created a database of cardiac capable CT scanners. Currently there are only 228 cardiac capable scanners in the UK (this equates to 4 scanners/million patients and 50% of all CT scanners in the UK) with wide geographic variation (see Map 1).

Not all are cardiac enabled (i.e. they do not have the required software to support CTCA acquisition). Therefore, the additional workload that will be generated by the new NICE guidelines will require investment in both hardware (cardiac enabled CT scanners) and software (to allow these scanners to be used to acquire, and generate CTCA studies). 

* STP in England, Regional Health Boards in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales 

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(This is an intercative map. Please click on the map and explore it to find out more detailed information)


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