Technology spending on X ray equipment world wide has reached the €7.5 billion level in the last year. Much of this has been driven by technological improvements and the ever-expanding market of healthcare providers across the globe.
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Driven by continued digitization of x-ray systems and increasing healthcare investments in emerging regions, the global market for x-ray equipment reached 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) in revenue in 2012 and is expected to increase by 18% to reach 9 billion euros ($12 billion) in 2017, according to market research firm IMS Research.
General radiography is undergoing a major transition toward digital radiography (DR) technology based on flat-panel detectors, with affordable offerings such as retrofit kits driving migration away from film in many cash-strapped regions, analyst for medical electronics Sarah Jones said in a statement, who also wrote a column for AuntMinnieEurope.com. The report covers x-ray equipment used for medical, dental, veterinary applications, and other purposes, according to IMS.
While shipments of flat-panel detector and retrofit flat-panel detector DR systems produced an estimated 15% of annual general radiography shipments in 2012, that figure is expected to reach 25% in 2017, IMS said.
IMS noted the mammography market is already dominated by flat-panel detector-based full-field digital mammography systems, led by adoption in mature regions. Purchasing in emerging regions is relatively low, however, with not much demand for breast screening, and few healthcare providers are able to purchase the costly equipment, according to the company.
Interventional and mobile C-arm equipment sales are benefitting from a growing trend toward minimally invasive surgery, according to IMS. Advanced systems with digital technology and advanced navigation software are driving growth in mobile C-arm x-ray, while interventional x-ray is already dominated by digital technology and is being spurred on by new installations of hybrid operating rooms that combine multiple imaging modalities and full surgical equipment in one room, the company said. read more at Auntminnie.com
This increased level of spending is a good sign for those studying to become an x ray technician. In recent years the job market has been relatively soft. But the increased demands in the U.S. due to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 and worldwide demand increases could put an end to this trend.
Technology spending overall is increasing as hospitals and healthcare systems look to improve efficiencies and improve patient care. As more and more provisions of the law are implemented, a clearer picture will emerge in regards to job opportunities.