MITA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing on Role of Ultrasound for the Washington State Economy, Innovation and Patient Care


Medical Imaging Technology and Fruit Farming Industries Each Generate $3.1 Billion for Washington State Economy

Washington, D.C. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today held a briefing on Capitol Hill with researchers, clinicians and industry representatives to address the important role of ultrasound for the Washington state economy, innovation and patient care. The medical imaging technology industry generates $3.1 billion in Washington state, which is equivalent to the economic impact of the entire fruit farming industry, the industry for which the state may be best known.

“Washington State is the birthplace of ultrasound and home to dozens of manufacturers and research institutions that are leading the development of innovative new technologies and generating high paying, high quality jobs,” said Patrick Hope, executive director of MITA. “Today, advances in ultrasound – both technologically but also in the application of the modality – are bridging access gaps, enhancing accurate diagnoses, and improving patient care and outcomes. We urge lawmakers to support policies that promote economic growth and encourage such innovation, both in the state of Washington and nationwide.”

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • Randy Hamlin, Vice President of Ultra Mobile Ultrasound, Philips, presented the history and evolution of ultrasound, explaining why Washington state is the “mecca of ultrasound.”
  • Janeen Uzzell, Operations Manager External Affairs & Technology Programs, GE Global Research Center, who has tracked the global impact of ultrasound on patient care, described the challenges faced by expectant mothers in developing countries due to lack of access to quality care, noting that “ultrasound technology is now making the birth experience the tremendous one it should be.”
  • Pete Gray, Director of Sales (U.S.), Fujifilm SonoSite, Inc., discussed the economic impact of the ultrasound industry in Washington state and explained how this imaging modality has “changed the face of medicine.”
  • Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC, Clinical Research Scientist at Proaxis Therapy, presented a case study on use of ultrasound in clinical practice, concluding that ultrasound is an essential element for creating “an efficient systematic pathway to align patients and providers to get the right scan at the right time.”

A 2014 study conducted by John Dunham and Associates found that the medical imaging technology industry supports an estimated 12,124 jobs and generates approximately $3.1 billion in total economic activity in the state of Washington, with an additional 5,169 jobs created elsewhere in the United States, according to a new economic impact analysis commissioned by the organization. The analysis found that the production of medical imaging technology and its use in hospitals and other medical facilities yields $1.8 billion in direct economic output, while the industry’s suppliers and employees support an additional 7,600 jobs and fuel an additional $1.3 billion in Washington’s economy. Additionally, the taxes paid by the state’s 37 medical imaging technology firms, their suppliers and their employees provide $428 million in revenues to the federal, state, and local governments.


The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment, radiation therapy and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, innovators and product developers. It represents companies whose sales comprise more than 90 percent of the global market for medical imaging technology. For more information, visit Follow MITA on Twitter @MITAToday.