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


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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