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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When To "Go Digital" - Updated 2019

Some practices are still wondering about when to go digital. There are many advantages to digital imaging:
  • No expenses for chemical, film, or monthly maintenance
  • Ability to manipulate and improve image quality, thereby reducing retakes
  • Improved processing speed, especially with DR
  • Ability to easily store and transit images digitally
  • And many more ...
So if a practice can afford digital, then by all means they should purchase a name brand digital system from a respected manufacturer. Be cautious of off-brands that may be as much as $10,000 less expensive, but may not be around in 2 years when support is needed.

But what about practices that are short on funds and are conservative with the funds they have? I have seen estimates around $5 per film for the cost of processing an x-ray film using a chemical x-ray film processor. Then ROI (return on investment) calculations can be made to justify the purchase or lease cost of the digital system. But for the practices that only process a few x-ray films per week or even per month, the numbers just don't add up in favor of digital imaging.

At this point, most hospitals, orthopedic clinics, and large general practices have already made the switch to digital. Large chiropractic, podiatric, and veterinary practices have moved into the digital imaging age. But there are still some smaller practices with sporadic x-ray use that simply can't justify the investment in digital imaging. For them, an x-ray film processor is still a wise investment.

FI Sales now offers 3 x-ray film processor models to meet the needs of any practice.
  • The Protec OPTIMAX is a 90 second, fully automatic processor with many features. 
  • The Protec ECOMAX is a 100 second, fully automatic processor with basic features.
  • The AFP Mini-Med is a 90 second, fully automatic processor with many features.
Many practices these days are choosing the ECOMAX due to it being an excellent quality processor that can handle film volume from very low to a moderately high.

All models are available in "No Plumbing" versions, allowing a practice some versatility as to what room to use as a darkroom. This can be very important for new practices being built that will eventually "go digital," but do not want to make that investment just starting out.

Feel free to contact FI Sales for further discussion on what image processing system is appropriate for your practice. We can refer you to a trusted digital imaging supplier or sell you an x-ray film processor. Call us at 1-888-972-9777 or email us at

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why Still Sell X-Ray Film Processors?

We are sometimes asked why we still sell x-ray film processors. Well, because there is still demand and someone has to sell them. And we sell the best processors in the world from Protec in Germany and AFP in the USA.

 Are processor sales still good? Aren't practices buying digital instead of processors? Well, yes and yes! FI Sales is the exclusive North American representative for Protec Medical of Germany. They are the #1 processor manufacturer in the world, primarily because their processors are made with the best quality in the world. So that's why our sales are good. While practices are certainly buying digital, there are many small practices that can't afford digital and can't justify the return on a digital investment due to their very low film volume. Some markets like scientific research still prefer processors for Western Blot Research, and industrial still needs film to wrap around pipes and a processor to develop those films.

Old technology is not necessarily bad technology. We embrace our roots going back to our Fischer days and continuing today with Protec. However, we now sell more of other products than x-ray film processors. Check out our G5 Massage equipment and Protec Mobile X-Ray Tables.