Radiologists warn of worsening imaging backlogs as omicron takes hold

Jan 14, 2022 Radiology Updates

Canadian radiologists are warning of worsening imaging backlogs as the omicron variant continues to spread.  

Wait times for crucial diagnostic services have swelled well beyond the country’s recommended maximum of one month when the pandemic first started. Patients are reportedly now seeing delays upward of 82 days for CT scans and 89 for MRIs.

A recent association survey found that about 75% of radiologist members had not yet been able to reduce their imaging backlogs. Another 30% said they believe wait times may never return to pre-pandemic levels.

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