Most healthcare providers dont yet see a need to invest in CT technology beyond 64-slice resolution, according to a new study from the healthcare technology research company KLAS. Providers also see little difference in the capability or quality of CT equipment offered by competing vendors, according to the report, Slicing the CT Market: Next Generation, 64, and 16.
Researchers interviewed roughly 300 provider organizations on their CT technology use and purchasing plans for the report. Ben Brown, author of the study and general manager of imaging informatics for KLAS, said they found providers often view CT as a commodity technology. Other than a few differentiating features, traditional CT slice technologies are similar from a technical standpoint, Brown said in a news release. He noted most imaging providers use CT platforms to perform a fairly broad and uniform set of examinations and procedures.
The report concluded that healthcare providers adoption of CT technology beyond 64-slice resolution is unlikely to grow until CMS establishes reimbursement for procedures such as coronary CT angiogram.