Objective. Assess the provision of public health institutions subordinate to the Ministry Public Health of the Republic of Belarus with devices for CT and MRI evaluation, and determine the requirements for their further installation based on the trends in the evaluations carried out in 2016—2020.
Materials and methods. The data about the number of CT and MRI scanners and obtained in evaluations performed using the devices in 2016—2020 were the object of assessing.
Results. In December 2020, 111 CT and 52 MRI scanners were in operation in Belarus which made up 11.8 and 5.5 devices per 1 mln of the country population, respectively. From 2016 to 2020, a 40.5% growth in the number of CT scanners and
a 2.4-fold faster growth in the number of evaluations were noted. The number of MRI scanners increased by 30.0%, the number of evaluations carried out with their use — by 21.9%. The average number of evaluations per one CT and one MRI scanner in 2020 amounted to 14,878.4 and 9,537.7, respectively. The number of CT evaluations per 1,000 of Belarus population in 2018 was larger than in Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and North Macedonia, and the number of MRI evaluations was larger than in Poland, Portugal, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and North Macedonia.
The number of evaluations per one MRI scanner was higher than in any of the member countries of the European Union, and those per one CT scanner only in Turkey, Hungary, Luxembourg, and France were larger than in Belarus.
Conclusion. Despite the continuous growth in the number of CT and MRI scanners, the provision of public health institutions in the Republic of Belarus with these facilities is insufficient. The country is lagging considerably behind the USA and most of the West European countries in the number of evaluations per 1,000 population. The insufficient quantity of the facilities is the cause for the high intensity of their utilization. While planning the procurement with CT and MRI scanners, the criteria of local availability and the need in their installation not only in the country big cities but also in district centres with no less than 50,000 (for CT scanners) and 100,000 (for MRI devices) population should be taken into account.Ключевые слова:
Автор(ы): V. V. Sinaika, V. P. Dziuban