Dutch radiodiagnosis from an international viewpoint

de Valois, J.C.

Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde 134(22): 1097-1101


ISSN/ISBN: 0028-2162
PMID: 2191227
Document Number: 366824
A quantitative description of diagnostic radiology is given in terms of radiological density (the number of radiological examinations per 1000 inhabitants), consumption of roentgen film and contrast media. The data concerning examinations were recorded by a yearly inquiry system addressing all Dutch radiologists. The consumption of film and contrast media were derived from the data banks of the industries. In comparing these data with the data for Western Europe, Japan and the United States it is remarkable that diagnostic radiology scores lowest in regard to density, film consumption and use of contrast media. Only in the use of 35 mm cinefilm (coronary angiography) is The Netherlands number 2 on the list preceded by the United States. As a consequence radiation exposure of the population caused by diagnostic radiology is low in The Netherlands. Although the technical condition of the equipment is good due to regular and preventive service the life-span of the radiological equipment is gradually increasing beyond the limits of the normal economic depreciation. Growing arrears are found in the application of new technology: ultrasound, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The substitution of high osmolar contrast media by low osmolar media is also lagging behind.

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