|Significantly lowers case detection cost|
Cost per image of direct digital X-ray is up to 85% lower than that of analogue cameras using films. Marginal cost of taking one more Chest X-ray can be as low as € 0.01.
For all direct digital systems similar cost savings can be expected. Initial high investment in direct digital X-ray results in shorter payback periods as daily throughput increases. Other benefits such as ease of use, immediate image availability, environmental friendliness, teleradiology and quality monitoring capabilities by NTP’s have not been taken into account in this financial analysis.
As the digital camera warrants very low operating costs, high annual savings can be made as illustrated in the below graph. Annual savings are estimated to range from € 25,000 to € 170,000 per digital system depending on the throughput.