The market for medical imaging applications has grown exponentially along with an aging population and advances in imaging technology.
From its micro-hospitals to freestanding emergency rooms, AMD’s healthcare developments offer a broad range of medical imaging services, for patients, tailored to the specific kind of care delivered by each, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), 256-slice computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, endoscopy, x-ray elastography, tactile imaging, and thermography. Progressive advances in imaging technologies include sharper imagery, greater safety, and less noise and exposure – all of which contribute to improved patient comfort and more definitive diagnoses.
Since 2000, freestanding imaging centers have grown at an accelerated rate, capturing market share from hospital outpatient imaging departments. Hospitals have higher costs, resulting in changes of 100% or more for the same imaging procedures with the same measure of quality, technology, and service. Patients also receive more personalized care with shorter wait times in freestanding medical imaging centers. Because radiography-related exams are the most commonly ordered, freestanding centers have gained the upper hand in one of the largest, most lucrative healthcare segments in the nation.