IMV: Census shows double-digit growth in PET studies

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An estimated 1,129,900 clinical PET patient studies were performed in the United States in 2005, according to a report just released by marketing and consulting firm IMV Medical Information Division. These PET studies were performed in 1,725 hospital and non-hospital sites, using dedicated PET/CT or PET scanners, mobile PET/CT or PET scanners, or nuclear medicine cameras with coincidence detection.

“PET/CT scanners have become the preferred technology for PET imaging, as the integration of the functional PET images with the anatomical visualization of CT has allowed more accurate and faster diagnosis,” observed Lorna Young, senior director, Market Research at IMV. “While the proportion of PET/CT scanners [vs. PET scanners] installed to date is about 55 percent, over 90 percent of the units installed in 2005 were PET/CT scanners.”

“The PET imaging market is experiencing double-digit growth, with studies increasing 60 percent from 706,100 patient studies in 2003, for an average annual growth rate of 26.5 percent over the two-year period. However, PET imaging is still relatively new, and sites are developing experience with PET imaging. While 1,725 sites offer PET imaging, nearly 1,000 of these sites use a mobile service provider, typically for 1-2 days a week, and 735 sites own one or more fixed PET or PET/CT scanners.”

The report describes trends in PET and PET/CT patient studies by procedure type, PET and PET/CT installed base by manufacturer and year of installation, planned purchases, radiopharmaceutical utilization and expenditures by supplier, and site operations characteristics.

Other highlights include:

  • Of the patient studies performed on PET or PET/CT scanners, 93 percent are for oncology applications, and 7 percent are for cardiology and neurology applications.
  • 60 percent of the fixed PET and PET/CT scanners are installed in non-hospital locations, and 40 percent are installed in hospitals.
  • The top five states with the highest PET and PET/CT patient study volume are California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania.