FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, April 16, 2018 – The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) welcomes the publication of the Medical Imaging Inventory 2017 by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Therapeutics in Health (CADTH). This, the second iteration of the CADTH inventory, provides an important repository of information for medical radiation technologists, other healthcare professionals and administrators, about medical imaging capacity and use across the country. The CAMRT commends CADTH for its efforts and for its commitment to providing evidence to support decisions being made about the healthcare of Canadians.
The inventory is particularly useful to medical radiation technologists across the country as they seek to understand challenges related to medical imaging. Karren Fader, President of CAMRT, noted, “To be able to understand the variation in capacity across the country, some of the factors that lead to this variation, and how Canadian medical imaging infrastructure compares to other healthcare systems across the world is extremely valuable. Medical imaging is such an important component of healthcare in 2018, and tools like this one ensure that decisions being made about the future healthcare of Canadians are based on evidence.”
The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and its members fully support the continued effort and commitment of CADTH to collect and maintain this important inventory into the future, and look forward to collaborating with CADTH to bolster this and other useful information pieces about Canadian healthcare.
The 2017 Inventory raises a number of important questions about the current state of medical imaging in Canada, including: disparities in access across provinces to modalities such as PET/CT; the ability of some jurisdictions to produce a greater number of exams from fewer units; issues surrounding appropriate use of medical imaging; and, a visible rural/urban divide in access to these technologies. CAMRT believes that these and other questions identified by the inventory merit further study and suggests that a mechanism be established to address key emerging questions in future iterations of the inventory.
About the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) is the national professional association and certifying body for radiological, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging technologists and radiation therapists. CAMRT provides leadership through: entry-level education and certification, a suite of programs for continuing professional development, support of research and a peer-reviewed journal, strengthening professional practice, and advocacy. Established in 1942, the CAMRT today represents over 12,000 members.
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