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IMAGINE - IAEA Medical imAGIng and Nuclear mEdicine global resources database


Medical imaging and nuclear medicine serve a cross-cutting role in addressing epidemiologic priorities, from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis to non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer and cardiac conditions) and more. Vast gaps in access still exist. The IMAGINE database describes the availability of relevant resources in a comprehensive manner, to support strategic planning in Member States. IMAGINE a world where current gaps in medical imaging and nuclear medicine can be bridged.


Description of the project:

IMAGINE is a comprehensive compilation of medical imaging and nuclear medicine resources, with information on infrastructure from over 170 countries and territories. The present version showcases findings in world maps and several charts, as well as snapshot of key elements in the growing database. The degree to which these technologies and relevant skilled human resources are inequitably distributed is seen.

Evidence-based clinical management guidelines are clear: populations’ healthcare needs cannot be met without access to appropriate, high-quality, affordable medical imaging and nuclear medicine, ranging from conventional x-rays to complex nuclear techniques and image-guided minimally invasive procedures. The IAEA is committed to scientific cooperation and to the transfer of nuclear technologies to Member States for peaceful applications. To meet this mandate, the IAEA should have accurate information regarding the status of technology, facilities, manpower and educational infrastructure in order to address the current needs of Member States.


The online edition of IMAGINE contains data collected on resources worldwide. This is updated regularly and features the most current information available to the IAEA, based on research and on distributed questionnaires. The IAEA makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or suitability of the information. The mention of names of specific companies or equipment does not imply any intention to infringe upon proprietary rights, nor should it be construed as an endorsement or recommendation on the part of the IAEA. Extracts from the material contained in IMAGINE may be used freely provided acknowledgement of the IMAGINE database is made.