European Availability of CT and MRI units in hospitals

In 2019, among the EU Member States with available data, Denmark recorded the highest availability of computer tomography (CT) scanners in hospitals relative to the number of inhabitants (with 4.0 CT scanners per 100 000 inhabitants), followed by Cyprus (3.5), Bulgaria (2.9), Italy and Sweden (both 2.6). Romania had the smallest number of CT scanners per 100 000 inhabitants (0.9), followed by France (1.1), the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia (all 1.4).

The availability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units relative to the number of inhabitants was highest in Finland (with 2.9 MRI units per 100 000 inhabitants), Cyprus (2.0), Italy (1.8) and Sweden (1.7), while the lowest availability was in Slovakia and Romania (both 0.4 MRI units per 100 000 inhabitants), followed by Bulgaria, Latvia and Poland (all 0.6).

This information comes from data on healthcare resources published by Eurostatopn uly 2, 2021.

Between 2014 and 2019, the availability of CT scanners relative to the number of inhabitants increased in most Member States with available data (see notes). The highest increases were recorded in Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia (all +0.4 scanners per 100 000 inhabitants), while the highest decreases were registered in Luxembourg and Finland (both -0.5 scanners per 100 000 inhabitants) as well as Portugal (-0.4). The availability of CT scanners per 100 000 inhabitants did not change* in Germany and Greece.

During the same period, the most notable increase in the availability of MRI units was recorded in Finland with an increase of 0.5 units per 100 000 inhabitants, followed by Portugal (+0.4), while a slight decrease was recorded in France (-0.1 units per 100 000 inhabitants). The availability of MRI units per 100 000 inhabitants did not change* in Belgium, Greece and Malta.

Note: * a change close to 0: between +0.05 and -0.05 per 100 000 inhabitants

For more information

  • 2019 data: Denmark: data not available on MRI units; Ireland: data not available on CT scanners; 2018 data on MRI units instead of 2019; Hungary: data not available on both CT scanners and MRI units.
  • 2014 data: Ireland, Hungary and Sweden: data not available on CT scanners; Denmark, Hungary, Sweden: data not available on MRI units. 

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