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Are 3D Imaging Systems Taking Over Radiology?

Three-dimensional imaging systems are increasingly becoming the standard in radiology departments, according to a recent survey from HIMSS Analytics, an international health information technology advisor.

According to the report, more than 40 percent of hospitals in the United States have implemented 3D imaging display solution. Hospitals with 3D systems tend to be at least medium-sized, as HIMSS found that 60 percent of hospitals with 3D technology have more than 100 staffed beds. They also mentioned that hospitals who haven’t installed 3D systems are most likely still relying on PACS.

Between 2012 and 2016, the use of 3D systems in healthcare facilities has doubled. HIMSS found that 50 hospitals are “very likely” to start using 3D imaging display solutions, and 10 hospitals have officially announced that they’re going to purchase at least one system, which might serve as a replacement or it could be their first 3D imager.

The top 3D imaging sellers are Terarecon, GE Healthcare, and Toshiba. HIMSS advises vendors to target sales in the southern states, because hospitals in those areas have been slower to purchase 3D systems. They recommend selling the concept before pushing the technology because southern hospitals might be used to more passive sales cycle.

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