We all know how important quality, affordable portable x-ray systems are for patient health and treatment. Here in the US it can be easy to take for granted the availability of portable and mobile x-ray devices since they can be found almost anywhere. Urgent care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, sports stadiums, cruise ships, veterinarians and of course hospitals. Unfortunately, not every country has access to the same level of technology and imaging solutions.
Aging Population Drives Increased Demand for Portable X-Ray Machines
Demand for radiology via digital x-ray and portable x-ray will continue to increase due to ageing population, and growing prevalence of chronic disease and cancer survivors.
In September 2018, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that older people are projected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history. By 2034, there will be 77.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.5 million under the age of 18. The median age of the U.S. population is expected to grow from age 38 today to age 43 by 2060.
In 2020, radiology innovations will center around 3 main concepts: the use of AI, Data Sharing for Care Coordination, and Improving Patient Experience, which includes using portable x-ray machines to reduce the amount of times the patient has to be moved.
With 2020 fully underway, it’s time to look at the trends in radiology which will impact the industry this year. What innovations will 2020 bring to the imaging community to shape the future?
Read more about the trends to watch in radiology this year.