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Editor's e-Note
A college friend was an early adopter of technology. Unfortunately for him, it was analog videodisc technology, which had a shorter life span than beta video. It's not always clear which technology or application will find its way into mainstream use. While direct DR is expanding its reach in radiography, it will be interesting to see whether some of its related uses will come along for the ride.

— Jim Knaub, editor
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What Might Be Next for DR
By Jim Knaub

Not long ago, converting from CR to direct DR often was not considered worth the cost premium. The improved efficiency of DR was not seen as necessary if a facility did not have the exam volume to support it and other potential DR benefits were set aside because of cost.

As the technology matures and the cost of detectors and systems gets pushed downward, new competitors have entered the field and a wider range of specialty-size detectors (such as small detectors neonatal ICU bassinets) have come on the market to handle the full range of radiography applications. Largely because of the cost, the early DR detectors were a standard larger size meant to handle a wide range of radiography exam types.

As cost decreases and competition increases, the value equation changes for X-ray equipment consumers. Given that dose reduction and value are major buzzwords in this round of health care reform, it would seem like a good time for DR expansion.

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