A new report by Global Industry Analysts of San Jose, CA, has found that developing markets have helped to cushion a more dramatic decline in DR sales through their rising awareness of the importance of quality healthcare, governmental support, greater emphasis on developing healthcare infrastructure, and the ability of the patient population to afford quality health services.
Developing markets in Asia-Pacific are showing greater resilience to the economic downturn, with China emerging with strong growth forecasted in the field of radiography.
The study added that high-end flat-panel detector-based DR systems have been affected the most, as these units are in greater demand and utilized in developed markets where the recession has been "especially brutal."
The U.S. represents the world's largest DR market, followed by Japan in a distant second place. Sale of DR units in the U.S. are projected to reach 1,126 systems by 2012.
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