Health Care Costs & Quality

Overview

Diagnostic medical imaging and radiation therapy have revolutionized health care delivery in America.

As we look to the future of health care in this country, we cannot see our way to improve outcomes and lower costs without the lens that medical imaging and minimally invasive radiotherapy provide. MITA’s member companies research, develop and manufacture medical technologies that enable better health outcomes at lower costs.

Integral to Standards of Care

With an estimated 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer in 2011 alone and malignancies claiming over half a million lives, access to imaging services is essential for diagnosing disease when its most treatable and giving physicians the ability to determine if a therapy is working. Medical imaging also plays an integral role in therapeutic treatments offering highly personalized, non-invasive and cost-effective care for 50-60 percent of all diagnosed cancer patients today.

Both medical imaging and radiation therapy are integral to established medical guidelines. These guidelines reflect clinical recommendations developed by specialty physician groups on how best to diagnose and treat specific medical conditions. They are based upon proven best practices, widely accepted standards and scientific evidence. Some examples include the following:

  • Guidelines developed by the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend regular mammograms for woman and regular MR imaging for women in specified high-risk categories.
  • Guidelines by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network on the most appropriate treatments for various disease sites.

Turning Patients into Survivors

In addition to being fundamental to standards of care, our technologies also help patients avoid or limit more invasive procedures and return to their everyday lives faster.

From receiving a CT scan instead of a cardiac catheterization to detecting a polyp before it is cancerous, peer-reviewed research confirms that medical imaging technologies not only improve health outcomes and save lives, but also reduce health care costs.

Imaging Saves Health Care Expenditures

Beyond the life-saving impact of medical imaging, researchers have also found that it saves money in the long-run. Every $1 spent on inpatient imaging correlates to approximately $3 in total savings, and according to researchers at Harvard Medical School, every $385 spent on imaging decreases a patient’s hospital stay by one day, saving approximately $3,000 per patient.

Other, disease specific studies have found that increased imaging could save up to $1.2 billion annually in the treatment of stroke patients, and since 1998, CT scans have been found to significantly reduce the negative appendectomy rate and the number of unnecessary hospital admissions, saving $447 per patient.