Computerized Radiography with a market size of more than 4000 Units per annum has been growing at the rate of over 10% on a Year on Year basis. This is mainly fuelled by customers in the C and D Class cities. The preference is to directly go digital rather than starting with Analog first and then moving to digital.
Space constraint at customer sites has pushed forward requirement for compact &space saving CR Systems. Cost of equipment and service support has been key factors considered while purchasing CR & Imager. The reduced price gap between Non Mammography CR & Mammography CR has helped customers go in for a Mammography Ready CR rather than upgrading their CR system in a later stage.
Since the output from a CR is digital, the end user has greater flexibility in terms of distributing images. This can be sent over a network for reporting through tele radiology or can be connected to a local Mini-PACS network. A combination of CR & Mini-PACS in a hospital has been very useful in terms of transferring images from the X-ray room to the consultant room reducing time taken for patient images to reach the consultant. Hospitals have also been trying to utilise the benefit of using CR in Mobile Vans/Bus in order to cater the rural population and for health camps. CR is getting installed in mobile vans along with Ultrasound, X-ray, and Mammography & Diagnostic equipment. A few corporates have opted for Mobile vans as a part of their CSR initiative.
To ensure better convenience and quick diagnosis,there has been an increasing trend of CR system installed at ICU’s. With the benefit of being used for a variety of applications such as General Purpose radiography, Mammography & Dental, CR sales is poised to grow in the coming year.