Global trends as growth drivers

Demand for high-quality X-ray 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, climate change, increased security concerns and increasing need for X-ray imaging applications in industrial inspection.


INSECURITY CONCERNS

have made governments and organizations focus on increasing spending on security.


AGING POPULATIONS

are leading to increased healthcare investments as morbidity and the number of disabilities grow.


CLIMATE CHANGE
accelerates indirectly demand for imaging applications as a result of increased insecurity and recycling requirements.


Digitalization and AI

raise X-ray imaging to a new level and boosts device renewal.


QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
increase the need for quality assurance of components and processes, and material sorting.


EMERGING MARKETS

are investing more in healthcare and security, as purchasing power increases with GDP growth.

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.