Evaluating cost-effectiveness of diagnostic equipment: the brain scanner case.Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6140.815 (Published 16 September 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:815
- J R Bartlett,
- G Neil-Dwyer,
- J M Banham,
- D G Cruickshank
An approach to evaluating the cost-effectiveness of high-technology diagnostic equipment has been devised, using the introduction of computerised axial tomography (CAT) as a model. With the advent of CAT scanning, angiography and air encephalography have a reduced, though important, role in investigating intracranial disease, and the efficient use of conventional equipment requires the centralisation of neuroradiological services, which would result in major cash savings. In contrast, the pattern of demand for CAT scanning, in addition to the acknowledged clinical efficiency of the scanner and its unique role in the head-injured patient, ephasies the need for improved access to scanners. In the interest of the patients the pattern of service must change.