A future vision for imaging

Team Discussion

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I’ve had an interest in medical imaging since I was an undergraduate twenty years ago – as the subject of my dissertation I researched the core technologies, applications and trends. Digital technology was just starting to make an impression on the market and as part of my research I visited the first digital x-ray machine in the country and learned some fascinating lessons regarding cost-effectiveness in the NHS.

One point that became clear during my research was that computer processing power was starting to make a huge difference; combining data from multiple sources into models that physicians could manipulate. So it was with interest that I read Frost and Sullivan’s review of global imaging trends.

Some trends I didn’t spot twenty years ago were how the falling cost of devices would influence things with ultrasound scanners now being built leveraging mobile phone technology and the importance of the developing world in driving the market place. As sophisticated technologies are employed in developed markets to support more prosaic procedures, developing countries are moving to bring these diagnostic tools to an ever expanding population.

Operating in mature and developing markets at Team often brings home to us just how we have to adjust our response to our clients’ needs and expectations. Sometimes the most cutting edge technology isn’t the right technology.

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