Quote Originally Posted by kb3lms View Post
Yes, I know. I was part of a group working on that technology at Kodak in the mid-1980s. Kodak's system never really got started and was finally canceled with the circa 1992 Kodak BOD edict of "ye shall make film only." Do not underestimate how much of the technology used for those systems originated in Buildings 82 and 69 at Kodak Park.

But, frankly, once you get away from the Mayo Clinic size hospitals, there's a lot of film flying around in radiology departments. The big hospital in town here is still all film for x-rays and the other brand new hospital that my kids have spent entirely too much time at (sports injuries) is all x-ray film, too. But these are 100 to 500 bed outfits, not several thousand. And that doesn't count individual offices.

But, digital is ideal for radiology use because (believe it or not) the images are low resolution and easily compressed.
Not only larger hospitals though, most equipment is trickle down, especially outside the US, here in Ontario, Canada a Hospital like Sick Kids or NYGH has the absolute latest stuff, they can afford the million or so for a new one, their old 3 year old machine gets sent to a Hospital like Owen Sound or Peterborough, to replace an older 10 year old machine, which is sent to a Hospital like Wiarton who are happy to replace their ancient 30 year old machine with a 10 year old one, and it then gets shipped off to an even smaller, remote hospital where they are happy to get a machine, that's not old enough to collect a pension.