Purpose: When deciding among imaging equipment vendors, one may use a vendor's prevalence in peer-reviewed publications as a measure of their research and development. We sought to determine which vendors, countries, and journals were dominant in hepatic imaging literature of 2018 with respect to magnetic resonance (MR), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound (US). Methods: We recorded and analyzed the modality (MR, CT, US), journal, vendor, and authors' country for all original hepatic imaging articles published in 2018 in 29 imaging journals. Results: Of 197 MR articles, investigators used Siemens in 98 (50%), General Electric (GE) in 65 (33%), and Philips in 63 (32%). Of 115 CT articles, investigators mentioned Siemens in 55 (48%), GE in 45 (39%), Philips in 25 (22%) and other vendors in 27 (24%). Of 68 ultrasound articles, Siemens dominated with 27 (40%), versus GE with 19 (28%), Philips with 11 (16%), and other vendors with 42 (62%). We found a significant difference in vendor usage for MR, CT, and all modalities (p < .01). The plurality of articles was written in the United States (73 [23%]) with South Korea (56 [17%]) and China (56 [17%]) following. European Radiology published the most hepatic articles. For American journals, we found a significant difference in MR (p = .02) and CT (p < .01) vendor usage, whereas non-American journals nearly reached significance in MR (p = .06) and CT (p = .06) vendor usage. Conclusion: Siemens was the most cited vendor in hepatic imaging literature for all modalities. American institutions and non-American journals published the most hepatic imaging articles.
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Multidetector computed tomography
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging