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Latest Report on Nation's Health Shows Growing Medical Technology Use

Thursday, February 18, 2010 News on IT in Healthcare J E 4
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Use of MRI and CT Scans Increasing Rapidly

The use of medical technology in the United States increased dramatically between 1996 and 2006, according to "Health, United States, 2009," the federal government's 33rd annual report to the President and Congress on the health of all Americans.

The report was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics from data gathered by state and federal health agencies and through ongoing national surveys.

This year's edition features a special section on medical technology, and finds that the rate of magnetic resonance imaging, known as MRI, and computed and positron emission tomography or CT/PET scans, ordered or provided, tripled between 1996 and 2007.

Highlights of the special section include:

The full report contains 150 data tables in addition to the special feature on medical technology. The tables cover the spectrum of health topics, serving as a comprehensive snapshot of the nation's health.

The full report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Contact: CDC NCHS Office of Communications

(301) 458-4800

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Feb. 16/

-- The rate of adults aged 45 and over discharged from the hospital after receiving at least one knee replacement procedure increased 70 percent from 1996 to 2006 (26.5 per 10,000 population in 1996 to 45.2 per 10,000 in 2006). -- From 1988-1994 to 2003-2006, use of antidiabetic drugs among adults aged 45 years and over increased about 50 percent, and the use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol among this age group increased almost tenfold. -- The number of new organ transplantations per 1 million people increased 31 percent for kidney transplants (43.7 per 1 million in 1997 vs. 57.2 in 2006) and 42 percent for liver transplants between 1997 and 2006 (15.6 per 1 million in 1997 vs. 22.2 in 2006).

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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