Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 03, 2020 | By Melinda Taschetta-Millane

Imaging Volumes Hold Steady Post COVID-19 Closures

This data represents wave 4 of a QuickPoLL survey conducted in partnership with an imagePRO panel of radiology professionals created by The MarkeTech Group (TMTG), regarding the effects of COVID-19 on their business

Imaging volumes in hospitals and practices previously slowed by the coronavirus pandemic continue to hold steady, according to new QuickPoLL survey results that gauge how radiologists feel about current business and the impact of COVID-19.

Imaging volumes in hospitals and practices previously slowed by the coronavirus pandemic continue to hold steady, according to new QuickPoLL survey results that gauge how radiologists feel about current business and the impact of COVID-19. The data compares results from the third wave, June 1-15, to the fourth wave, June 16-30.

Responses were tallied from approximately 170 radiology administrators and business managers, who are part of an imagePRO panel created by The MarkeTech Group (TMTG), regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. TMTG is a research firm specializing in the medical device, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Participants were selected as a representative cross-section of the imaging industry. The panel was asked nine questions about their current business to gauge the imaging impact by COVID-19, and the work that lies on the road ahead.

Imaging Volumes Remain Constant

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and portable X-ray study volumes have improved from the first two waves in May, but remain constant compared to wave 3. Outpatient/elective radiology (eg: scheduled studies) and inpatient radiology (eg: ER, bedside and ICU) also remained flat, as did screening radiology (eg: mammography). For a complete comparison of screening volume change for this period, see Table 1.

 

Table 1: This table shows the study volume change for the time period Jun 16-30, 2020, as compared to the same time period in 2019.

 

Imaging Services Surge Slows

Survey participants continue to process a surge of outpatient imaging procedures — 45 percent currently experiencing these surges — due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the QuickPoLL results. TMTG defined “surge” as a much larger volume of studies per day than what was experienced before COVID-19. Thirty-four percent don’t believe there will be a surge due to a slow recovery. See Table 2.

 

Table 2: This table shows wave 4 survey results of when survey respondents expect to see a surge in imaging services.

 

Extended hours of operations and increasing workflow efficiency remain the primary methods to manage the surge. When asked if a surge of outpatient imaging procedures materializes, what would be the primary method to manage/address the surge, 41 percent of respondents said they would extend hours of operation. Thirty-three percent would create a more efficient workflow; 3 percent would hire more staff; and 18 percent would do nothing, believing that there will be no surge of outpatient imaging procedures. These results have been the norm since the beginning of this survey in May. See Table 3.

 

Table 3: Wave 4 survey results on how respondents plan to manage and address the surge in imaging services.

 

Poll participants were also asked about the current imaging capacity, defined as percentage of use of imaging modalities during business hours, at their outpatient diagnostic imaging centers (DIC). Eighty to 99 percent of respondents reported that imaging capacity utilization is currently at 28 percent, mirroring the results of wave 3. See Table 4.

 

Table 4: Responses for wave 4 on current imaging capacity at outpatient diagnostic imaging centers.

 

COVID-19’s Grip

according to a special report from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) COVID-19 Task Force, published today in the journal Radiology, examination volumes in radiology practices have decreased by 40%-90%. This survey’s numbers indicate that the trend is moving toward the surge happening now versus never happening. Facilities continue to extend hours of operation and create a more efficient workflow to manage this increase of volume.

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