Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2016, vol. 22, issue 3
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 1189-1197
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016223.1189
Published online: 01 July 2016

J of IMAB 2016 Jul-Sep;22(3):1189-1197
Svetoslav Garov1 Corresponding Autor, Tsvetelina Mihaylova1, Galina Makedonska2
1) Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Public Health, MU - Sofia, Bulgaria
2) National Center of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection (NCRRP), Ministry of Health, Bulgaria.

Purpose: to reveal the current condition of medical equipment in Bulgaria related to those major groups of socially significant diseases and to make an attempt to define guidelines for its optimization in view of improving the functioning and management of the healthcare system in this field.
Material and methods: The following research methods have been applied:
1. Document review method – research, processing and analysis of medical statistical information taken from data from WHO and annual reports of NRA. The study includes data from 2009 - 2015.
2. Graphical method – summarizing data in relevant tables and diagram presentations.
Results: The article analyzes the condition of medical equipment in the field of oncologic and cardiologic medical aid in Bulgaria based on data taken from WHO (World Health Organization) and annual reports of NRA (Nuclear Regulatory Agency). Six types of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy devices have been studied: Magnetic Resonance Imaging units (MRI); Computed Tomography Scanners (CT), Positron Emission Tomography Scanners, Mammographs, Linear accelerators and Telecobalt units (Cobalt-60). The condition of medical equipment since 2009 has been analyzed, results have been reported and trends - studied.
Conclusion: The oncologic and cardiologic medical equipment in Bulgaria has been gradually improving in the last seven years, but quantitative indicators regarding the devices studied are still far away from the figures recommended by WHO with one single exception, i.e. Computed Tomography Scanners.

Key words: Oncologic medical aid, cardiologic medical aid, Magnetic Resonance Imaging units (MRI), Computed Tomography Scanners (CT), Positron Emission Tomography Scanners, Mammographs, Linear accelerators, Telecobalt units (Cobalt-60),

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Garov S, Mihaylova T, Makedonska G. Comparative analysis of medical equipment used in diagnostic imaging in Bulgaria and countries worldwide and optimization aimed at improving the health care system management. J of IMAB. 2016 Jul-Sep;22(3):1189-1197.

Correspondence to: Svetoslav Garov, MD, PhD; Faculty of Public Health, Medical University-Sofia; 8, Bialo more Str., 1527 Sofia, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 03 May 2016
Published online: 01 July 2016

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