by Brendon Nafziger
, DOTmed News Associate Editor | November 22, 2010
A survey of European hospitals estimates the demand for DR X-ray systems will grow between 11 to 33 percent in the coming years.
The results are the first to come from the Hospital Radiology Census 2010, a survey conducted every three years by the German market research firm Data Information Intelligence GmbH.
"Hospitals have withdrawn and postponed investments due to recent financial turbulence, but the radiology market is now showing clear signs of recovery," said Kathrin Franke, managing consultant with Leipzig-based DII, in prepared remarks.
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According to the survey, about one-quarter of European hospitals have DR systems currently installed, but use of the technology varies widely. In Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the market penetration is between 25 and 38 percent, according to DII. In France it is only 9 percent.
By contrast, 68 percent of German hospital and more than 80 percent of British ones use CR, Franke said.
"We are therefore concluding that the investments into direct radiography systems in many, many countries will increase as the market for computed radiography reaches saturation," she said.
From 2006 to 2010, the annual growth rate for DR in Europe ranged between 10 and 28 percent, DII said. The average budget of a German radiology department is about $250,000, the group said. DII predicts Germany will purchase 115 DR systems over the next five years.
More results from the survey will be shared Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. CET during DII's webinar. Visit http://www.dii-healthcare.com/ for more information.