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Tips for finding the best DR panel for your x-ray system

Nov 9, 2021 2:03:24 PM / by Jennifer Hutchison

DR panels are a major purchase for many x-ray departments, and there are so many DR panels on the market that it can be hard to know which one is best for your system. Your DR panel will affect everything from image quality and portability to cost and budget. Figuring out what DR panel is right for you can seem daunting, but these tips will help guide you through the process.

What is a DR panel?

Digital Radiography panels (DR panels) are a flat panel used to create a digital image by converting x-rays to digital signals. These digital signals are then transmitted digitally for viewing on a computer monitor or screen, making the process more efficient than traditional film-based imaging methods. One of the main benefits of DR panels is being able to see images almost instantly.

There are many things to consider when purchasing a DR panel for your x-ray system and there are two types of DR panels you can choose from: Charge Couple Device (CCD) and Flat-panel Detectors (FPD). Each DR panel is slightly different, and it's important that you can rely on your DR panel to produce clear images each time you use it.

Consider the following when choosing a DR panel for your system.

Image quality

Image quality is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a DR panel. Earlier CCD models produced a lower quality image than other options on the market. However, newer FPD models have become the preferred DR panel option as they can easily fit retrofit into customers existing x-ray systems and produce excellent image quality. 

It's also important that the DR panel's image settings are adjustable. For example, exposure, brightness, contrast, resolution, etc. Controlling these settings on your DR panel is crucial to make sure you are getting the best quality image possible.


Wireless DR panels may be advantageous over tethered DR panels in trauma centers or emergency rooms as patients can be more quickly and easily moved through an emergency area. However, wireless DR panels require batteries that need to be replaced for around $500-1,000 every 1-2 years.

Budget and cost

DR panels can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank. DR panels are available in various sizes and specifications which will affect their price point, so it's important to choose a DR panel that fits your budget.

If you are a newer or smaller practice, you may have to prepare a larger budget as you're purchasing new. If you have an existing system, you can have the DR panel retrofitted to your system which can save you some money.

In conclusion

The DR panel you choose should fit your facility and your needs, but it's important to keep in mind that DR panels are not all created equal. It's important to compare DR panels side-by-side rather than choosing a DR panel based on price alone.

When choosing a DR panel for your x-ray system it's important to keep in mind what you're looking for so you can find an option that works best for you.

If you want to talk with an expert about finding the best DR panel for your x-ray system, get in touch with our team today.

Jennifer Hutchison

Written by Jennifer Hutchison

My goal is to provide my customers with the best equipment possible, at the best price possible, in order to see their business grow and thrive. I currently work hand in hand with doctors of Chiropractic all over the nation to put together custom equipment packages that meet their special needs. Each doctor has their own speciality technique, and by working directly with many of the groups such as NUCCA, Gonstead, CBP, Everest, Blair, KCUCS, and many other groups, I have built the knowledge and expertise to create custom x-ray equipment packages for their specific needs. Seeing my customers using the equipment I sold them in order to heal and help people all over the nation is the true happiness I get from my career. - 9 Years experience in medical device and equipment sales -12 Years experience in Medical Imaging Field - Sales expert for x-ray and digital x-ray equipment nationwide - Work with over 25 different manufacturers and vendors - Strong accounting, finance, and account management background - Upper Cervical X-Ray Sales Specialist