The high cost of x-ray units makes them economically out of reach for some practices, particularly those in rural areas with small patient bases or in developing countries. Fortunately, portable radiography systems can bring these services to practices that lack them. But do portable units perform as well as their stationary counterparts?
The industry got shaken up a few years ago with the appearance of ''budget'' models on various web shops. These machines were offered on prices even 10x lower than the standard brands. Studies in US and UK showed that these products's radiation emission were way over limits, so additional legislation was passed on the import of portalbe x-ray machines. As a consequence even the original brands that produced such units were compromised for a while.
Nevertheless, quality products survived on the market and even upgraded their performance. Reviews of some top model can be found on Dental Compare.