Which x-ray system is right for me

Jun 23, 2022 8:42:03 PM / by Chad Hutchison

There are many different types of X-ray systems available, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. To help you make the best decision, we will look at some of the factors that will assist you in finding the best machine for your practice:

For starters, the type of environment you'll be using the system in is extremely important. For example, if you're looking for a portable X-ray system to use in a variety of settings, then a battery-operated system might be your best option.

Make sure you understand which DR panel will suit your needs. If you need high image quality and fast turnaround times, then a flat panel DR system is most suitable.

Have you thought about how you want to store and view the X-ray images yet? Some X-ray systems come with built-in storage devices, while others allow you to store images on a computer or other external storage device.

Once you've considered all of these factors, you'll be able to narrow down your options and find the X-ray system that's right for you.
Let's delve in a bit deeper:

The environment you operate in

When choosing an X-ray system, it is important to consider the environment in which the system will be used. For example, a hospital setting will likely require a table, whereas a chiropractic setting may only need a wall stand. Other factors to consider include:

  • the size of the room
  • the type of patients that will be using the system
  • the frequency of use.

By taking all of these factors into consideration, you can be sure to choose an X-ray system that is well-suited to your specific needs.

The right DR panel for your needs

You should also familiarise yourself with the difference between tethered DR panels and DR panels with a straight arm system. The latter is normally used in urgent care or orthopaedic clinics as there is less need to move the x-ray machine around.

Should you need a mobile solution, you might consider the wireless DR panels which use both a wall stand and a table. Most of the wireless DR panels we have sold over the years are 14x17 and come with a charging station as well as multiple batteries.

By considering these factors, you can be sure to choose an X-ray system that meets your specific needs.

Storage and viewing options for your digital x-ray images

Now that you have chosen the digital X-ray system that is right for you, it's time to consider what you are going to use to store and view the X-ray images. Typically, digital images are going to be stored using a central archive called a PAC system. PAC stands for picture archiving and communication system. This is a computer system that is used to store, manage and distribute medical images.
In order to view the images stored in a PAC system, you will need to use a workstation. A workstation is a computer that is designed for viewing medical images. Workstations typically have large monitors and special software for viewing images. When choosing a PAC system, you should consider the following factors:

  • compatibility with your X-ray equipment
  • storage capacity
  • costs
  • user-friendliness.

Once you have considered these factors, you will be able to choose the PAC system that is right for you.
If you're looking for a PAC system that is tailored more towards hospital or enterprise-level needs, we do have those systems available. However, the majority of our customers find that the mini PAC system works just fine for their needs.

If you're interested in learning more about our mini PAC system or would like to purchase one, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance with your purchase.


We hope this guide has given you a better understanding of the different types of X-ray systems available and what to consider when making your purchase. If you have any questions or need assistance in choosing the right system for your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team is available to help make your decision as easy as possible.

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Chad Hutchison
Written by Chad Hutchison

Founder and CEO of Maven Imaging, Chad Hutchison has been in the medical imaging equipment market since 2003. As his business grew, he pioneered buying and selling medical equipment online and eventually began offering leasing and financing to meet market demands and help customers. His market expertise goes beyond traditional medical imaging and finance support, as he’s spearheading cloud-based lending solutions for vendors across the sector.