Vol. 3 No. 5 (2023)
Health Technology Reviews

Privately Operated Medical Imaging Facilities Across Canada

Published May 10, 2023

Key Messages

  • There are at least 85 privately operated facilities in Canada that accept private payment for advanced medical imaging exams (i.e., CT, MRI, single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT], SPECT and CT [SPECT-CT], and/or positron emission tomography [PET] and CT [PET-CT]).
  • Quebec has the highest number of private facilities that offer advanced medical imaging exams among provinces, followed by Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
  • Most private imaging facilities operate in or near census metropolitan areas.
  • More than half of private imaging facilities operate as part of chain ownerships, and further growth in chain ownership is under way.
  • Although less than 10% of all CT and MRI exams are delivered in the private setting, they are the most commonly performed type of privately delivered advanced medical imaging exams.