The reduced price gap between Non-Mammography CR and Mammography CR has helped customers to go for a Mammography Ready CR rather than upgrading their CR system at a later stage, writes S Karthikeyan, National Sales Manager, Fujifilm India Pvt Ltd for Elets News Network (ENN).
Computerised Radiography (CR), with a market size of over 4,000 units per annum, has been growing at more than 10 per cent rate year -on-year basis. Its mainly fuelled by customers in the C and D Class cities. The preference is to go digital directly rather than starting with analogue first and then moving to digital.
Space constraint at customer sites has pushed forward requirement for compact and space saving CR systems. The cost of equipment and service support have been considered as the key factors while purchasing CR and imager.
With the benefit of being used for a variety of applications, such as General Purpose radiography, Mammography and Dental, CR sales is poised to grow in the coming years.
The reduced price gap between Non-Mammography CR and Mammography CR has helped customers to go for a Mammography Ready CR rather than upgrading their CR system at 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 local Mini-PACS network. A combination of CR and Mini- PACS in a hospital has been very useful in terms of transferring images from the X-ray room to the consultant room. It reduces time taken to send patient images to the consultants.
Also, hospitals have been trying to utilise the benefit of using CR in mobile vans and buses in order to provide services to the rural population and for health camps.
CR can be installed in mobile vans along with Ultrasound, X-ray, Mammography and Diagnostic equipment. Few corporates have opted for mobile vans as part of their CSR initiative.
It needs to be mentioned that to ensure better convenience and quick diagnosis, the trend to install CR system at the ICUs is on the rise.