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Imaging Market Could See Brighter Days Ahead

Executive Summary

More than two years into a prolonged economic slump that depressed capital equipment sales and weakened stock prices, manufacturers of diagnostic imaging equipment appear to have reason to smile again as hospitals restart the process of acquiring new equipment to replace aging technology.

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