Study: Flat panel detectors, workflow propel European C-Arms market

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The need to replace existing image-intensifier-based systems with flat panel detectors (FPD) is driving the European C-Arms market because of workflow requirements in radiology departments that are going digital, according to new analysis by Frost & Sullivan. Certain factors will limit adoption of the technology, however, such as high cost and low funding for healthcare projects, the research firm said. Overall, the C-Arms European market, which earned revenues of $375.2 million in 2005, is estimated to reach $548.8 million in 2012. “New systems fitted with FPDs instead of conventional image intensifiers are replacing fixed C-Arm systems across Europe,” said Karthik Arun B., Frost & Sullivan medical imaging team leader. “This trend will be evident in mobile C-Arms too by the year 2008 and will be the single, most important factor driving this market.” The focus of C-Arm system vendors should be to develop an FPD that is both efficient and cost-effective, Frost & Sullivan said.