Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between workforce and workload among radiologists in Taiwan. Materials and methods: Data for the period 2000–2020 describing the demand for imaging services and radiologists have been obtained from databases and statistical reports of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. The future demand for radiologists was based on Taiwanese people aged 40 and over. Results: The workforce of Taiwan's radiologists has increased by 6 % annually over the past 20 years (from 450 to 993), performing 2125, 3202 and 3620 monthly examinations (mainly conventional radiography and CT) in medical centers, regional hospitals and district hospitals. Between 2000 and 2020, the use of CT and MRI increased by more than 3.5 times. Demand for interventional radiology also increased by 1.77 times, 2.25 times, and 5 times, respectively. To maintain this volume of services in 2040, at least 1168 radiologists are needed, about 1.18 times more in 2020. Conclusion: Taiwan has 2.4 to 2.9 times fewer radiologists than the United States and 3 times fewer than Europe, while the annual workload is approximately 2 to 3.4 times greater than that of the United States and 1.4 to 2.5 times greater than that of the United Kingdom. This report may serve as a reference for policy makers who address the challenges of the growing workload among radiologists in countries of similar situations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111330
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Volume172
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Computed tomography
  • Health policy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiologist
  • Radiology workload
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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