New report reveals 'multi-slice' popularity
More than 45.4 million CT procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2002, up 15 percent from 39.6 million in 2001, according to a new market growth report from IMV Medical Information Division of Des Plaines, Ill.

 Not only are CT procedures increasing, but more healthcare providers are employing the use of multi-slice scanners. The report estimates that more than one-quarter of the CT installed base has multi-slice capability and the majority of CTs planned for purchase will have this capability.

 New applications are driving the market, according to Lorna Young, Senior Director, Market Research at IMV. "Applications including CT angiography, calcium scoring, whole body screening and virtual CT colonography are emerging, which are facilitated by the capabilities of multi-slice CT systems. Although relatively low in total volume, "vascular" and "cardiac" CT procedures together more than doubled from 2001 to 1.9 million procedures in 2002," Young said.

 For additional information on IMV's 2002/03 CT Census Market Summary, visit the company's website at