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

Apr 22, 2022 5:45:00 AM / 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.

DR panels come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it's important to consider how much space you have available and what type of mobility you need. DR panels also vary in terms of features and functions, so it's important to identify your facility’s specific needs before making a purchase. Once you've narrowed down your options, it will be easier to choose the right DR panel for your clinic.

What is a DR panel?

Digital Radiography panels (DR panels) are a type of flat panel used in digital radiography. DR panels convert x-rays into digital signals, which are then transmitted digitally for viewing on a computer monitor or screen. DR panels have many benefits over traditional film-based imaging methods, including the ability to see images almost instantly.

DR panels also allow for a wider range of image contrast and lower radiation doses to patients. In addition, DR panels are more portable and easier to store than film-based imaging methods. As a result, DR panels are becoming increasingly popular in the medical community.

DR panels are an important part of any x-ray system, and there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing one. DR panels come in two main types: Charge Coupled Device (CCD) and Flat-panel Detectors (FPD). CCD DR panels are less expensive, but they're also less sensitive, so they may produce images with less clarity. Flat-panel

Detectors (FPD) panels are more expensive, but they're also more sensitive, so they'll produce clearer images. It's important to choose a DR panel that you can rely on to produce clear images each time you use it.

Factors to consider when choosing a DR panel for your digital x-ray system

Image quality

Image quality is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a DR panel. It can be the difference between a diagnosis and a misdiagnosis. It can also affect the accuracy of measurements taken from the image. That's why it's so important that the settings on your DR panel are adjustable.

With the right settings, you can make sure that you're getting the best possible image quality. By controlling the exposure, brightness, contrast, and resolution, you can ensure that you're getting an accurate and high-quality image. So whether you're using your DR panel for diagnostic purposes or for general radiology, make sure that you take the time to adjust the settings for the best possible image quality.


Portability is an important consideration in any medical setting, but it is especially crucial in emergency situations. That's one of the reasons why wireless DR panels may be advantageous over tethered DR panels in trauma centers or emergency rooms. With a wireless DR panel, patients can be more quickly and easily moved through an emergency area. This can be a critical factor in saving lives.

However, wireless DR panels do have some drawbacks. One of the biggest is that batteries need to be replaced for around $1,000 every 1-2 years. This can add significant costs to the overall operation of a trauma center or emergency room. We suggest you consider your patient volume and speak to one of our experts at Patient Image.

Budget and cost

DR panels are a big investment, so it's important to choose one that fits your budget. DR panels are available in various sizes and specifications, so you'll definitely be able to find one that's within your price range. The most important thing is to make sure that you get a DR panel that fits your needs. Once you've done your research and have found a DR panel that meets your budget, you can be confident that you've made a wise investment.

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. We have a wide range of used equipment that you find on our website.

DR panel size

DR panels come in a variety of sizes, but the 17 x 17 tethered panel is the most recommended for chiropractors. The DR panel typically stays in the cassette tray and does not need to be moved around, unlike in an urgent care or imaging center. The 17 x 17 size allows for full imaging without sacrificing quality. In addition, the tethering prevents the DR panel from being accidentally knocked over or moved. 

DR panel technology

There are two main types of DR panels: Cesium (CSI) and Gadolinium (GADOX). CSI is the newer and better option, providing better image quality and less patient dose. However, it is more expensive than GADOX. GADOX requires more x-ray dose but produces poorer image quality.

DR panels that use cesium technology are becoming more and more popular among manufacturers. The price of cesium has become close to the price of GADOX, so most manufacturers are only offering cesium detectors. 

DR panels are typically made of TFT glass, which is a type of tempered glass that is designed to be thinner and more durable than standard glass. However, this glass is still susceptible to breaking if it is dropped or banged with enough force. The cost of repairing a DR panel can be very expensive, sometimes reaching up to $6,000.

Many manufacturers offer drop protection warranties for their DR panels, but these warranties often come with high deductibles. For this reason, many chiropractors choose to insure their DR panels under their general business insurance plan in case of accidental damage. By doing this, they can avoid having to pay for the full cost of repairs out of pocket.

DR panel pros and cons

DR panels are slowly becoming the industry standard for chiropractors. DR panels typically offer a clearer image than traditional film-based x-rays, and they can be easily digitized and stored on a secure server. Additionally, DR panels produce far less radiation than traditional x-ray machines, making them a safer option for both patients and staff.

The main downside to DR panels is their cost; however, many chiropractors find that the benefits of DR outweigh the cost. Once the initial investment is made, DR panels are typically very easy to use. Overall, DR panels offer a number of advantages over traditional film.


DR panels offer a number of benefits over traditional film. DR panels expose patients to less radiation during imaging procedures while producing clearer images which allow improved diagnosis and treatment. DR panels are also cheaper to operate than film, making them more affordable for healthcare facilities.

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. When choosing a DR panel for your digital 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.

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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