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Cost considerations in the provision of magnetic resonance imaging services.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1812819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Data from the Australian MRI Assessment Program, which involved five public hospitals, are presented covering the second year of operation at each MRI unit when stable conditions of service provision had become established. The data relate to two 1.5T superconductive units, one 1.0T superconductive unit and two 0.3T resistive magnetic resonance imaging units. A review of the cost data suggests the need for the operation of expensive facilities for extended periods with careful patient selection in order to reduce the average cost per scan and to maximise the clinical benefit to patients. There were variations in the conditions of use of the equipment between the differing centres and there will be a need for a consensus on optimum levels of matters such as operating times and staffing levels. As the results from the MRI Assessment Program were obtained in a teaching hospital environment with a particular referral pattern, the benefits of the technology in other situations will need further consideration.
Authors:
D M Hailey; B L Crowe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australasian radiology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0004-8461     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas Radiol     Publication Date:  1991 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-05     Completed Date:  1992-06-05     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0047441     Medline TA:  Australas Radiol     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Health Technology Division, Australian Institute of Health, Canberra ACT.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Australia
Costs and Cost Analysis
Humans
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / economics*
Technology Assessment, Biomedical

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