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Purchasing DR Systems – Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing a DR system can be a controversial topic for any organization. That is because medical imaging equipment is a substantial investment that requires a lot of research before diving in.

These are the six main questions that an organization should ask before purchasing a Digital Radiography x-ray system.

  1. What is DR?
    Digital Radiography is a form of x-ray imaging that uses a digital detector panel for recording x-ray images.
  2. How is DR different from conventional radiography?
    When anyone mentions x-rays, the first thing that generally comes to people’s minds is traditional radiography x-ray images. These systems have existed since the early 1900s and require a large amount of radiation to pass through the patient before obtaining the results for an x-ray image. DR, however, uses around 80% less radiation than the conventional systems. Additionally, DR systems require fewer materials, are less expensive than traditional systems, and cost less to repair.
  3. What medical benefits do DR systems offer?
    DR systems produce far less radiation, so patients are exposed to fewer harmful rays. The images are also produced almost instantaneously. The images are also incredibly detailed which means better patient care and improved diagnosis.
  4. Do I have to buy a new X-ray machine to switch to DR systems?
    Not necessarily. Most of the current x-ray systems can be converted to DR by simply adding a DR panel. If the system is older, however, at least the generator and x-ray tube may have to be upgraded.
  5. Do I still need radiation precaution measures for DR systems?
    Yes. While DR does produce less radiation, it is still produced. Practitioners must always make sure to take the proper precautions to ensure patients are safe.
  6. What is the volume of patients that DR systems are able to treat?
    DR systems are known for producing images digitally and for taking significantly less time to perform x-rays. Because of that, DR systems can be used to treat higher volumes of people. They can also improve patient processing speeds and have a significant ROI.

Whether your organization is looking to replace, vastly improve, or make some minor upgrades to your medical equipment, it is essential that the final output ensures patient care is at the highest level.

When purchasing medical imaging equipment, finding the right system may seem quite expensive at first. However, other options are available. In fact, purchasing used and refurbished medical imaging equipment is a growing trend in the current market since it offers quality equipment at nearly 1/4th the original cost while guaranteeing quality usage. However, it’s essential to make sure that you make your purchase from a reputed firm since unknown places may skimp on precautionary measures.

If you’re looking to purchase quality, refurbished medical equipment – Amber USA is your best bet. We’re a longstanding firm known for issuing some of the highest quality used and refurbished medical imaging equipment in the market. At Amber USA, we make sure that our clients receive the optimum results from all of our products through our 25 years of experience and our custom, no-risk warranty plans. Contact us now for inquiries!


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