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The key points from the release are:
- The total number of imaging examinations or tests, covering the period from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 was 42.9 million, compared to 41.0 million imaging examinations or tests in the period from 1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013. This represents an increase of 4.6%.
- Of the imaging examinations or tests, 23.1million were X-Rays (radiographs), 10.0 million were Ultrasound, 5.2 million were Computed Tomography (CT), 2.7 million were Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), 1.3 million were Fluoroscopy and 0.6 million were Radio-isotopes.
The full release and detailed tables by provider can be found here.
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