Dataset Medical Imaging Technology Database (MITDB)

Medical Imaging Technology Database (MITDB) 
Data Provider (source):

Canadian Institute for Health Information


The Medical Imaging Technology Database (MITDB) is not collecting new data. The MITDB collected information from an annual national survey of high-technology medical imaging equipment in the public and private sectors. With the exception of 2008, information was collected every year from 2003 to 2011. The National Survey of Selected Medical Imaging Equipment was used to establish the current nature, distribution and use of medical imaging technologies in Canada. The MITDB also includes information about some installed and operational equipment that was not captured in the survey. You can find out more about medical imaging, including reports and analyses based on MITDB data.

More than 300 respondents reply to the annual survey, including: medical imaging directors and managers from regional health authorities, hospitals, and free-standing hospitals (also known as non-hospital or private facilities). Single respondents may provide information about multiple sites or departments within the same organization. Once the survey is completed, the provincial/territorial ministries of health may be asked to validate some of the equipment data.

The MITDB therefore also contains information on equipment that hasn’t been captured in the survey but is later confirmed as installed and operational by the provincial/territorial ministries of health. The survey and validation processes have remained the same since 2003.

Data Level: Site-specific (survey responses from directors and managers of regional health authorities, hospitals and free-standing hospitals [also known as non-hospital or private facilities])

Scope: Canada-wide. The survey spans all provinces and territories in Canada. It covers all public and private health care facilities identified as having selected medical imaging technologies as of January 1 of each year.

For research/environmental scan  
Type of Data (select all that apply):
Health Care and Health Services 
Data Collection Method (select all that apply):
Administrative Data 
Identifiers used for linkage:
Postal Code 
Access requiredments and conditions for Researchers and Projects:

Data Access Conditions:

  • In addition to the CIHI data access condition below, requests for Quebec data are subject to review and authorization from the Quebec Privacy Commission (Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec) and the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).
  • CIHI discloses health information and analyses on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians in a manner consistent with its mandate and core functions. These disclosures typically fall into one of four categories:
    • Disclosures to parties with responsibility for the planning and management of the health care system to enable them to fulfill those functions;
    • Disclosures to parties with a decision-making role regarding health care system policy to facilitate their work;
    • Disclosures to parties with responsibility for population health research and/or analysis; and
    • Disclosures to third-party data requesters to facilitate health or health services research and/or analysis.
  • Prior to disclosure, CIHI reviews the requests to ensure that the disclosures are consistent with the above and meet the requirements of applicable legislation.
  • CIHI data disclosures are made at the highest degree of anonymity possible while still meeting the research and/or analytical purposes. This means that, whenever possible, data are aggregated.
  • Where aggregate data are not sufficiently detailed for the research and/or analytical purposes, data that have been de-identified using various de-identification processes may be disclosed to the recipient on a case-by-case basis and where the recipient has entered into a data protection agreement or other legally binding instrument with CIHI.
  • Only those data elements necessary to meet the identified research or analytical purposes may be disclosed.
  • For more information, please reference CIHI’s Privacy Policy:

Requirements for record-level data access:

  • Prior to disclosure, the recipient must sign a data protection agreement or other legally binding instrument that, at a minimum, contains the following requirements:
    • Prohibits re-identifying or contacting the individuals;
    • Prohibits linking the de-identified data unless expressly authorized in writing by CIHI;
    • Limits the purposes for which the de-identified data may be used;
    • Requires that the de-identified data be safeguarded;
    • Limits publication or disclosure to data that do not allow identification of any individual;
    • Requires the destruction of data, as specified;
    • Permits CIHI to conduct on-site privacy audits pursuant to its privacy audit program; and
    • Requires the recipient to comply with any other provision that CIHI deems necessary to further safeguard the data.
  • Prior to the disclosure of de-identified data for research purposes, the requester will provide CIHI with evidence of Research Ethics Board approval.
  • CIHI reserves the right to impose any other requirement(s) as needed on a case-by-case basis in order to maintain the confidentiality of de-identified data.
  • Prior to disclosure, program areas will evaluate the de-identified data to assess and subsequently minimize privacy risks of re-identification and residual disclosure, and to implement the necessary mitigating measures to manage residual risks.
  • CIHI will not disclose de-identified data if it is reasonably foreseeable in the circumstances that it could be utilized, either alone or with other information, to identify an individual and that, where it is reasonably foreseeable that it could be used to identify an individual, the information will be treated as personal health information.

Access process:  All data access requests can be initiated at the following CIHI webpage:, and complete an Access Data Inquiry Form.

Phone: 1-613-241-5543 Email: 




Data is available from:
With the exception of 2008, information was collected every year from 2003 to 2011. 
More Information (including references):

The MIT survey uses the definition of a medical imaging examination found in the Standards for Management Information Systems in Canadian Health Service Organizations (MIS Standards).

A medical imaging examination is a defined technical investigation using an imaging modality to study one body structure, system or anatomical area that yields one or more views for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes. Exceptions include routinely ordered multiple body structures that by common practice or protocol are counted as one exam.

Data Availability 

Some MIT data, such as the number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scanners, is available for all years the survey has been carried out (2003 to 2012, with the exception of 2008, when a survey was not conducted). Years of data availability vary according to technologies and data elements. For more information on the data elements, refer to Appendix A of the MITDB’s privacy impact assessment.  

[2019-02-11 14:23] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)