Can 'in contrast' start the sentence and be used without 'to' or 'with'? For instance, is the following construction possible?

For the product A the procedure X is typically used. In contrast, for the product B the procedure Y is usually used, because the procedure X would be prohibitively expensive.

Here the exact nature of A, B, X, and Y is not important.

There is a related topic on ell: Should 'in contrast' always be followed by 'to'?, but it does not seem to answer my question here.

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    The entire text is syntactically valid, but clumsy and verbose. You could reduce it to Procedure X is usually used for product A, but Y is usually used for B, because X is prohibitively expensive. Nov 1, 2021 at 12:56


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