Consumption of Radiological Exams in the Continental Portugal District Hospitals between 2002 and 2006 - analysis from the available on-line data by the ACSS Authority

  • Ana Gomes ERISA | Lusófona
  • Inês Santos ERISA | Lusófona
  • Maria Albuquerque ERISA | Lusófona
  • Paulo Pereira ERISA | Lusófona
Palavras-chave: District Hospital, Management model, Imaging exams, availability, consumption


In the last years a significant progress regarding imaging diagnostic equipments availability has been noticed. An increase in the number of exams is a direct consequence. In other countries we are assisting to an increase in the use of Computerised Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Ressonance Imaging (MRI) scan tests, while General Radiology (GR) stagnates. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the use of imaging tests in the continental Portuguese District Hospitals from 2002 to 2006, and relate it with the type of management and imaging resources available. Analysis was supported by the available on-line data from the authority ACSS – the Central Administration of Health Systems. Thirty-six hospitals were scrutinized, where 21 were PEE's and 15 SPA's regarding the management type. A mean consumption growth was registered being 11% from the GR, 48.8% from the Mammography, 11.2% from the Ultrasound, 24.9% from the CT scan and 32.5% from the MRI. Moreover, it was confirmed that MRI is only available in the EPE hospitals. Despite the apparent limitations of the available data, it was concluded that EPE hospitals have a clearly wider technological capacity, implying a greater availability of equipment and techniques. This behaviour of the evaluated techniques is similar to international benchmarks, with the exception of GR, where a clear trend for increase has been observed.
Saúde e Sociedade / Health and Society