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Number of diagnostic imaging equipment is at the limit of SUS

Equipment such as X-ray to Densitometry is slight, because the mammography has little left

 
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Women perform a mammogram in public hospital in Minas Gerais
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Although the tests with the aid of images have grown 38% between 2000 and 2005, the availability of equipment that uses images to identify diseases within the public system is at the limit of the recommendations of the Ministry of Health

With the exception of mammography, when there is no shortage, as with X-ray machines for densitometry, the amount of equipment per inhabitant has a small surplus. The finding is a research by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), sociodemographic and health indicators.

According to the survey, there are 4.9 units in the country of CT per 1 million inhabitants. The ratio is below the offer of health insurance (30.8 per 1 million) and the average found in a study of 16 countries from different regions, assessed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In Brazil, the availability of MRI machines (1 for every 1 million population) is also far from ideal. The average of the countries surveyed by the OECD is 6.6 units for each group of 1 million people and, in private, this ratio is 10.7 for every 1 million.

According to the survey, the distribution of equipment also touches on regional inequalities. Although it has newer equipment, the North and Northeast are the most needy. The percentage of CT scans in these regions (0.5 and 0.6 per 1 million) is half the proportion in the South and Southeast.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASÍLIA
   Palavras-chave:   Mammography    Densitometry    X-ray    IBGE    Ministry of Health    OECD      
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