IRVING, Texas, February 14, 2022 -- Vizient, Inc. released its latest Diagnostic Imaging Tech Watch, which reviews the latest trends in health care imaging technology. The report, a collection of articles offering data-driven insights and perspectives from Vizient subject matter experts, focuses on trends in diagnostic imaging strategy, and advancements in technology for X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MR) and can be viewed here.

“Health care organizations across the country continue to seek out ways to improve operational and cost efficiencies as well as patient care,” said Rebecca Gayden, vice president and general manager, capital equipment solutions, Vizient. “Insights offered in this volume of Diagnostic Imaging Tech Watch are meant to drive innovation in care delivery and boost safety efforts as technologies advance.”

Featured articles include:

The diagnostic imaging dozen: Trends to consider when planning your imaging strategy—Outpatient imaging volume is expected to grow 12% over the next ten years, according to Sg2’s Impact of Change report, including PET/CT, ultrasound and image-guided therapy procedures. Along with growth, the report provides an overview of significant trends that providers are factoring into their strategic planning for imaging expansion, including cybersecurity and information technology infrastructure, incorporating artificial intelligence into their work and bringing greater portability to imaging strategies.

Trends in digital X-ray, the workhorse of radiology—Like most medical technology, X-rays have experienced a digital transformation. Recent advances for increased durability make X-ray detectors, the most vulnerable part of the X-ray machine, lighter weight, glass-free, and easier to carry, allowing technologists to perform several exams per hour. Ergonomic qualities are also improved, creating a safer workplace. 

Ultrasound modalities positioned for application and end-user growth - The development of handheld ultrasound systems has greatly increased provider accessibility since it was first used for clinical purposes in 1956. The use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound, elastography and musculoskeletal ultrasound has increased dramatically, and tests once performed with CT or MRI can now be confirmed with a diagnosis via ultrasound. 

Technology advancements in magnetic resonance safety—Magnetic resonance field strength is on the rise as technologies advance. Ferrous objects become “missiles” when left too close to an MR unit. Facilities should assign an individual to oversee safety efforts for MR units and follow steps for MR safety through the use of a zoned approach outlined in this article.

Vizient Diagnostic Imaging Tech Watch is a semi-annual publication. Previous issues may be found here.

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About Vizient, Inc.

Vizient, Inc. provides solutions and services that improve the delivery of high-value care by aligning cost, quality and market performance for more than 50% of the nation’s acute care providers, which includes 97% of the nation’s academic medical centers, and more than 20% of ambulatory care providers. Vizient provides expertise, analytics and advisory services, as well as a contract portfolio that represents more than $110 billion in annual purchasing volume, to improve patient outcomes and lower costs. In 2021, Vizient acquired Intalere, which expanded its footprint with ambulatory and rural acute care providers. Vizient has earned a World’s Most Ethical Company designation from the Ethisphere Institute every year since its inception. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Vizient has offices throughout the United States. Learn more at www.vizientinc.com.