Community diagnostic hubs have the potential to make a significant difference to patients waiting for diagnostic imaging and will help reduce the backlog in the wake of the pandemic.
The first of these hubs, which were a key recommendation of the ‘Richards Review’, has opened its doors.
In a major review of diagnostic services, titled ‘Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal’,1 the former national cancer director, Professor Sir Mike Richards called for major expansion and reform of diagnostic services to facilitate recovery from the pandemic and to meet rising demand
In his review, he pointed out that activity has increased markedly across almost all aspects of diagnostics over the past five years, with notable increases in CT scanning (6.8% p.a.), MRI scanning (5.6% p.a.), PET-CT (18.7% p.a.), non-obstetric ultrasound (3.8% p.a.) and DEXA (4% p.a.). Plain X-ray is an exception, where annual growth has been less than 1%.1
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