MEGATRENDS DRIVE GROWTH

Demand for high-quality detector solutions is increasing due to expansion of healthcare to a wider share of population in the emerging economies, aging population, growth in travelling and freight transport, urbanization, increased security concerns and increasing need for X-ray imaging applications in industrial inspection.

icon-globeEMERGING MARKETS
invest more and more on healthcare and security, as purchase power increases with GDP growth.

icon-oldpeopleAGING POPULATION
increase healthcare investments, as a growing number of people suffer from diseases and disabilities.

icon-securityINSECURITY CONCERNS
have put focus of governments and organizations to increase spending on security.

icon-financeEFFICIENCY, QUALITY AND COST
Scanning of critical components, separating and sorting of substances in the industry.

Technology enablers

Accessibility of imaging technology. Accessibility of X-ray imaging equipment and technology affects growth expectations. As volumes increase, the unit cost of equipment decreases, making X-ray imaging equipment an efficient tool to image an increasing number of objects. The decrease in cost subsequently increases the number of uses for the equipment in industrial applications and increases the overall use in medical and security objects.

Reduced radiation dosage. X-ray imaging technologies emit radiation and the current trend is to make dose as low as possible without weakening the quality of the image. Lower dose is also a driver to lower energy use and thus costs; lower dose imaging requires less energy, which accordingly lowers the total cost. Sophisticated and automated X-ray imaging equipment can process images with lower radiation dose.

Digitization of X-ray imaging in emerging markets. Digital X-ray imaging is more efficient as a digital X-ray machine can take more precise and sharper images, more pictures per hour and the cost per picture is lower (lower cost of throughput). Digital images are also immediately available, can be manipulated and the quality of the image may be enhanced, sent via networks to other workstations and can be archived in electronic archives. In addition, digital radiography needs a lower level of radiation than traditional analogue radiography, and no chemicals are needed.

X-rays used to image ever increasing number of objects.