The medical imaging equipment market includes: X-rays, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging systems as well as contrast agents and injectors. Types of medical imaging include radiography, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance, endoscopy, thermography, sonography and photography.
Industry Trends Apart from market segments for the POC ultrasound market, the U.S. ultrasound market is highly saturated. As such, growth in most segments is expected to remain stable. The main drivers in these markets are the aging population and gradual technological advancement in ultrasound technology. In the POC ultrasound equipment segment, growth is considerably higher
Industry Trends Digital radiography X-rays are the largest segment, due to their increasing prevalence and popularity; many healthcare facilities prefer digital systems for their increased efficiency and image quality. While analog systems will continue to be sold at nominal levels over the forecast period, they will experience a rapid decline, almost disappearing from the market
In this report, the breast imaging market is segmented into mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI coils and Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI). Within the mammography market, segmentation consisting of analog mammography, computed radiography (CR) mammography, digital radiography (DR) mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) further breaks down the market. Furthermore, the breast ultrasound market comprises manual breast ultrasound and automated breast ultrasound and the MBI market is composed of gamma imaging and positron emission mammography (PEM).
The U.S. market for contrast agents and injectors includes X-ray and CT agents, MRI agents and ultrasound agents as well as contrast injectors. In 2015, MRI contrast agents represented the largest segment in the contrast agent and injector market. This segment will continue to have the highest market value driven by increasing procedural volumes.
The U.S. market for CT scanners includes 16/20 slice, 32/40 slice, 64 slice and ultra premium scanners, which take over 64 slices. The CT market has been decreasing since the implementation of the deficit reduction act (DRA) and furthermore with the recent introduction of XR-29, which reduced reimbursement for many CT scans.
The U.S. market for MRI systems includes low-, mid- and high-field MRI systems as well as wide-bore and closed-bore MRIs of any field strength. A low-field system is defined as any system below 1.5 T, mid-field is 1.5 T and high-field is 3.0 T. Wide-bore refers to any system that is 70 cm or greater and closed-bore refers 60 cm machines.
The U.S. market for nuclear medicine imaging includes positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT). In 2015, PET/CT systems represented the largest segment of the overall market.
The U.S. market for X-ray systems includes analog, computed radiography (CR), digital radiography (DR), fluoroscopy and cardiovascular X-ray systems. DR systems will continue to replace CR systems over the forecast period, while analog systems have almost completely disappeared from the market.