At current service levels, an estimated 3,124 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) planned courses can be provided in 2020 rising to 3,846 treatment courses by 2029. The anticipated demand for MRI guided radiotherapy is an estimated 11,016 treatment courses in 2020, rising to 13,281 courses by 2029.
A more conservative scenario was presented whereby the application of MRI was targeted to anatomical sites most expected to benefit from MRI planning. In this scenario, demand is estimated to be 5,984 courses in 2020, rising to 6,867 courses by 2029.
The overall amount required to fund an MRI simulator service across Scotland (one MRI simulator per radiotherapy delivery centre) is expected to be £10 million for the first year and £35 million over a 10-year period.
What were we asked to look at?
We were asked provide analytic support as part of a strategic proposal to introduce MRI simulators onto the radiotherapy capital equipment replacement programme.
Why is this important?
Rising incidence rates of cancer, alongside an ongoing desire for improvements in treatment outcomes, means that the demand for MRI planned radiotherapy cannot be met with existing service provision. The introduction of MRI simulators in NHS Scotland will help to meet the demand for MRI, whilst enhancing radiotherapy service provision and supporting the implementation of national and local strategies.
The National Radiotherapy Technical, Specification and Evaluation Group (TSE)