Medical Imaging Technology Industry Supports Over 12,000 Jobs and Generates $3 Billion in Total Economic Activity in Washington State


37 Companies, Their Suppliers & Their Employees Provide $428 Million in Government Revenue

Washington, D.C. – The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) today announced 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.

“This research confirms the tremendous economic impact of the medical imaging technology industry in Washington State,” said Gail Rodriguez, executive director of MITA. “Federal policy decisions that affect medical imaging innovation also indirectly impact patients, jobs and the economy, both nationally and in the state of Washington. Lawmakers should pursue policies that promote economic growth and encourage the development of innovative, life-saving technologies.”

The analysis evaluated the direct impact of the manufacture and use of medical imaging equipment and technology in Washington, the impact of activity generated by suppliers to the industry, and the impact induced by the spending of industry and supplier employees. 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 industry generates high paying jobs in Washington,” said Maura Little, Governor’s Sector Lead, Director of Economic Development for the Life Science and Global Health Sector Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness Department of Commerce. “Though Washington is often thought of as the home of aircraft and software manufacturing, it is also the birthplace of ultrasound. We cannot overlook the importance of the imaging technology sector to our economy both here and at a national level.”

“As evidenced by this report, our diverse life sciences and technology sector is essential to growing innovation, creating jobs and improving the health care for our state’s citizens,” said Chris Rivera, president and CEO of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA). “WBBA will continue to work with MITA and other partners to advocate for policies that protect patient access to innovative products and therapies that improve patient care and grow Washington’s economy.”

Medical imaging technology companies in Washington are leading the development of innovative new medical imaging and radiation therapy technologies, particularly in ultrasound, a valuable, noninvasive – and now portable – diagnostic tool for detecting, diagnosing, and monitoring cancers and other diseases.

The analysis was conducted by John Dunham and Associates, using data provided by Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Washington state government.


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 and radiation therapy technologies. For more information, visit