5 Radiology Stats That Might Surprise You

The latest tool from the Harvey Neiman Health Policy Institute is a must-see for radiologists.


April 2015

The latest tool from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute lets users create easy-to-read graphs and maps from a huge selection of radiology-focused data.

Currently, the Neiman Almanac includes 124 data sets related to radiology access, workforce issues, spending, and volumes. Here are five of the most interesting data sets to get you started. Click each image to go to the almanac and interact with the data.


Note: Click on images to see the data set in the Neiman Alamanac.

1.Radiologists per 100,000 people by state

This is one of the most popular data sets in the almanac. Here's the data shown on a map. You'll see that the District of Columbia has the highest concentration of radiologists, while Alaska has the lowest. In fact, there are almost 5 times as many radiologists per capita in DC than in Alaska. 


2.Total radiologists by state

This state-level data shows California leading with the highest number of radiologists. Click the map to find the state with lowest number of radiologists.


If we limit the search to Virginia (home of the ACR headquarters) and switch to a graph, we see a steady increase in radiologists, with a peak in 2009. Click the image of your state to switch to your state's data.


3. Total number of radiology residents and fellows

Members in training will be especially interested to see the workforce trends by state from 1995 to 2011. View all states on one graph (like this) or limit it to show only the states you're interested in. 


4. National data for Medicare Part B total imaging spending

View this information as a line graph to see the spending arc from 2003 to 2013. You'll see the peak in 2006 followed by a steady decline. Drill down further by sorting by state and setting (such as inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, or office visits). 


5. Radiologist share of physician workforce

This information comes from the AMA and shows wide year-by-year variations. With the exception of a spike in 2001, radiology's share of the physician workforce has been on the decline since 1995. Drill down further to see information for your state. 


These are just a few of the data sets contained in the Neiman Almanac. How will you use this information?

By Lyndsee Cordes, ACR Bulletin managing editor

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