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As the demand for diagnostics using costly scanners and other equipment soars, organisations must consider how to keep up.

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Richard Evans knows that each and every specialty feels it gets insufficient attention at the top levels of healthcare. But he has a strong argument for his contention that boards need to be thinking about diagnostics: the explosion in demand for such services. A recent report from Cancer Research UK shows that, in medical imaging alone, activity has been growing at nearly 6 per cent a year for the past decade. Furthermore, research shows that demand is only set to increase further.

“I don’t think anyone [at board level] would say diagnostics aren’t important,” says Mr Evans, chief executive of the Society and College of Radiographers. “But I would be surprised if there is a uniformity of understanding across the country at board level that, for example, the demand for CT scans is likely to be going up by 9 per cent a year in future. I think that most boards would find that surprising.”

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