Analyst Q&A: Surgical Displays, PACS Monitors, and the Global Market

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iData’s analysts work extensively to retrieve data and source both syndicated and custom market research reports. Due to their in-depth understanding of the markets and their first-hand experience with the data, we have asked some insightful questions on the global market for surgical displays and PACS monitors to assist you in making better strategic decisions. 

What are Surgical Displays and PACS Monitors?

Surgical displays are a vital piece of equipment and are in essentially all operating rooms (ORs) globally. These devices display images and videos that surgeons capture through surgical cameras. Additionally, surgical displays exhibit procedure-related information. Historically, surgical displays weren’t a permanent piece of equipment within an OR. These devices were previously rolled in on mobile carts when needed. However, ORs are modernizing, and technology is advancing. As a result, digital integration is occurring, and the number of displays per OR is increasing. On the other hand, PACS monitors are monitors larger in size, with dual heads and higher MP count. Additionally, PACS monitors are sold at a significantly higher price.


Which market segments are included in the global surgical display and PACS monitor market analysis?

Overall, the market for surgical displays and PACS monitors includes:

  • HD surgical displays and PACS monitors
  • 4K surgical displays and PACS monitors
  • 8-megapixel ultra high definition (UHD) surgical displays and PACS monitors


What factors are driving the market’s growth?

When 4K technology entered the market, facilities everywhere were switching their HD displays to 4K-compatible displays. Despite a large number of facilities still using HD installed bases, the conversion towards 4K is driving the market in terms of units sold. Additionally, surgical booms are increasing in usage. When surgical booms and surgical displays are in an OR together, the ergonomics are next-level. Surgical booms place the display above the operating area and reduce the amount of clutter. Overall, there has been an increase in the number of boom-mounted displays, driving the market’s growth. In terms of PACS monitors, the spreading popularity of hybrid operating rooms is driving demand for these devices. 


What factors are limiting the market’s growth?

As you might have already predicted, the price of surgical displays and PACS monitors is high. Surgical displays require high brightness, excellent contrast, and true-color reproduction while meeting stringent safety standards. Because of this, these devices are more expensive than the typical consumer displays. Usually, the buying cycle for these devices isn’t frequent as they have long life spans. Meaning, hospitals can afford to invest in new display and monitor systems when the time comes. However, consumer products, which are not medical grade, have risen in popularity. Almost all of the time, medical-grade displays and monitors are the only displays allowed within the immediate surgical area. However, in some regions, non-medical grade displays are a part of ORs. The increase in non-medical grade displays in operating rooms is one major limiter of this market. 


Which companies are competing for market share?

Often, surgical displays and PACS monitors are manufactured by one company then rebranded and sold under another. The three main original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in this market are Barco, Sony, and EIZO. In terms of brands that re-sell these devices, there are three major players. Karl Storz, Stryker, and Olympus are the three top brands selling surgical displays and PACS monitors. Karl Storz is the current leader in terms of market share. Additionally, Karl Storz leads the integrated OR market, which assists in leveraging its position to sell its surgical displays as they are often intertwined. 


Global Surgical Displays and PACS Monitors Market: Further Insights

For more information on unit sales, average selling prices (ASPs), competitive analyses, and more follow the link below to receive a free executive summary for the Global Surgical Displays and PACS Monitor Report, which is a part of our Global Operating Room Report. Additionally, iData offers a COVID-19 updated European report for operating room devices, including displays and monitors. 


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