French radiology faces crisis due to lack of scanners | October 26 – PARIS – It’s radiology’s equivalent of the French paradox: France has one of the world’s best healthcare systems as measured by patient outcomes, yet it also seems to have one of the most poorly equipped systems in Europe.

“For the number of MRIs per capita, we are actually at the level of Turkey and Portugal,” said Jean-Pierre Pruvo, MD, secretary general of the French Society of Radiology at the opening press conference for the annual congress, les Journées Françaises de Radiologie (JFR), under way in Paris October 22-26.

Turning to the leading industrial nations of Europe with whom France is normally ranked, Pruvo acknowledged, “We have three times fewer MRIs than Germany; we have half as many MRIs as countries like Spain and Italy.”


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