Scanning is everywhere, but how can it help your business and the environment?

Modern life and how scanning plays a part in it

At Storetec, we're all about encouraging more organisations to embrace document scanning and a paperless approach to business because we know just how many benefits this can bring.

But scanning is not a new thing. It's been used for years in medical environments and airports and plays a huge role in modern life.

Here, we take another look at the benefits of document scanning, as well as the advantages of medical scans and scanning in airports.

Document scanning

According to figures from a 2014 survey carried out by YouGov, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK waste approximately £42.2 million each day looking for hard-to-find documents.

One-third (31 per cent) of respondents said they would use the time spent looking for documents to pursue business development opportunities instead.

The same survey also led to the discovery that for every 30 pieces of paper printed in an office, 39 are thrown away, damaging a firm's carbon footprint in a way that could be avoided by recycling.

Yet by embracing document scanning technology, companies can stop wasting so much paper, as well as time and money, meaning they'll be doing their bit for the environment, alongside potentially saving themselves a hefty sum of revenue.

Medical scanning

Of course, scanning not only brings benefits to the traditional office setting - it has been helping to save people's lives for over 100 years and is now being used more widely than ever.

From ultrasound scans on pregnant women and their unborn babies to MRI scans that can detect complex neurological problems, figures from the NHS show that the number of scans carried out between 2011 and 2012 increased by 2.2 per cent, indicating that they are needed now more than ever in the medical world.

During the same 12-month period, the number of CT scans carried out increased by 7.9 per cent, while 6.5 per cent more MRIs were conducted compared to the previous year.

Statistics also show that over the last ten years, the number of imaging tests carried out in the UK has risen by 39 per cent, which equates to an average growth of 3.3 per cent per year. For MRI and CT scans, ten-year growth came in at 211 per cent and 167 per cent respectively.

Airport scanning

Scanning is also now an integral part of airports throughout the world, particularly as many have upped their security in recent years.

Figures from TSA in the US show that in 2014, airport scanning led to 2,200 guns being detected in items of hand luggage, which equates to an average of six firearms being discovered each day.

Overall, scanning detected a 22 per cent increase in disallowed items last year compared to 2013, after screening some 653 million passengers throughout 2014 as a whole. This was an increase of 14.8 million people compared to the previous year, highlighting just how much work scanning technology has the capacity to deal with.

Scanning helps to keep us safe, save lives and protect the planet. Get in touch with Storetec today to find out how document scanning can benefit your business and the wider environment.

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