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CT’s fall from grace may lead to spectral redemption

(DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING) -- The CT marketplace in the U.S. is teetering on the edge of somnolence, a smoky gray purgatory stirred by a wafting hope of redemption but stalled in melancholy. CT has slipped into this netherworld following the manic adoption of 64-slice scanners, which has saturated the U.S. installed base with CT functionality that can meet all routine—and some extraordinary—clinical needs.

The release of 128-, 256- and 320-slice scanners has elevated CT capabilities, just as multienergy and spectral imaging has raised hopes for new applications beyond the reach of conventional scanners. But because this new generation of premium scanners has found only niche applications, it has failed to ignite the surges in CT adoption that had followed each preceding generation of multislice CTs. Worse yet, their introduction pushed 64-slice scanners into the midtier, creating an abundance of value-priced high-performance systems, weakening demand, softening prices, and undercutting industry revenues.

See full article and related articles at DiagnosticImaging.com

This article was republished with permission from CMPMedica, LLC

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