The global market for digital x-ray equipment is anticipated to exceed $7 billion by the end of next year, according to a new report by Wellingborough, U.K.-based InMedica, the medical research division of IMS Research.

The report also predicts the world market will hit $8.3 billion in digital x-ray equipment sales by 2011.

InMedica attributes the figures to the growing trend of digital x-ray usage, particularly in digital mammography, in addition to the expected rapid adoption of flat panel detector technology in the mobile c-arm market.

However, the market research firm acknowledges the industry is not without its constraints, pointing to DRA legislation and the FDA-imposed suspension of GE Healthcare’s mobile c-arm equipment. Furthermore, current prices of digital x-ray equipment, specifically flat panel detector technology, are also restricting growth in the market, according to InMedica.