# NumberÂ ofÂ MRIÂ ScansÂ perÂ Year

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How many MRI scans are performed each year?

41.3 per 1,000 population.

Among the 30 countries assessed by the OECD Health Data 2009, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an average of 41.3 MRI exams are performed per 1,000 population. The United States is the top country, with 91.2 MRI scans per 1,000 population, which equals about 28,000 magnetic resonance imaging scans each year.

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1. Mike Faul

I am a little confused by your numbers. Assuming a 91.5/1000 ratio.. which is roughly 9.5% then a population of the united states of 350 000 000 people would be 33 000 000 scans… Could you clarify your 28000 for me? Perhaps you meant 28 000 000 which would be more realistic.

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• Anonymous

I think it is a typo. In 2010, there were over 300,000 MRI scans done in US. Over 100,000 MRI scans were done on un-insured patients.

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2. Q

I didn’t know the US only had a population of 300,000.

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