Kevin Begos, Associated Press reports it’s not just science fiction.

Developments in the cardiac surgery device market now offers us tiny snake robots that crawl through our bodies, helping a surgeon identify diseases and perform operations.

Scientists and doctors are using the creeping metallic tools to perform surgery on hearts, prostate cancer and other diseased organs. These snakebots carry tiny cameras, scissors and forceps, and even more advanced sensors are currently in production. It’s believed that the snake robot and others like it help reduce medical costs by making complex surgeries faster and easier.

As the rapid pace of technology influences the industry, market research is increasingly valuable. According to our research, the U.S. market for video, high-tech and integrated OR equipment exceeded $1.7 billion last year; the surgical camera system market comprising largest segment.

To stay current, check out one of our latest reports: Asia Pacific Markets for Cardiac Surgery Devices 2012. This report provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of market revenues by device type, market forecasts through 2018, unit sales, average selling prices, market drivers and limiters and a detailed competitive analysis, including manufacturer market shares and product portfolios.

The Asia-Pacific markets for cardiac surgery devices includes:

•  ONCAB Market

•  OPCAB Market

•  Annuloplasty Market

•  Mechanical Heart Valve Market

•  Tissue Heart Valve Market

•  Tissue Heart Valve Market by Valve Type

•  Tissue Heart Valve Market by Graft Type

•  Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting Market

•  Anastemosis Market

•  Cardiac Ablation Market

•  Intrarterial Bypass Market

•  Artificial Heart Market