European x-ray, mammo market going digital

The European general radiography market now features the near-ubiquitous use of digital systems, and the mammography sector is also well on its way, according to a report by market research firm InMedica.

More than 95% of survey respondents reported they are using a digital radiography (DR) system, and 60% of surveyed mammography specialists said they are currently employing a digital mammography unit, according to the Wellingborough, U.K.-based firm.

Respondents reported a preference for flat-panel digital detectors (used by 40%) over computed radiography (CR) detectors (used by 20%) for their full-field digital mammography systems. For those who chose CR, price was cited as the most common reason, InMedica said.

In other survey findings, 30% of mammography specialists believed that digital mammography would greatly improve their workflow, mainly due to improved image quality and faster development times, the company said.

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