According to the new market research report, "Surgical Imaging Market by Technology (Image Intensifier C-arms, Flat Panel Detector C-arms), Application (Orthopedic & Trauma Surgeries, Neurosurgeries, Cardiovascular Surgeries), End User ( Hospital, Surgery Center) - Global Forecasts to 2025", is expected to reach 2.4 billion by 2025 from an estimated USD 1.8 billion in 2020 at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period.
Global Industry Growth Boosting Factors:
The major factors driving the growth of this market include the advantages of FPDs over image intensifiers, technological advancements, reimbursement cuts for analog radiography systems, and the increasing demand for minimally invasive procedures. However, the high cost of systems is estimated to restrain the growth of this market during the forecast period.
This study involved four major activities in estimating the size of the surgical imaging market. Exhaustive secondary research was done to collect information on the market, peer market, and parent market. The next step was to validate these findings, assumptions, and sizing with industry experts across value chains through primary research. The bottom-up approach was employed to estimate the overall market size. After that, market breakdown and data triangulation were used to estimate the market size of segments and sub-segments.
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Drivers: Advantages of FPDs over image intensifiers
The evolution of C-arms—from the traditional X-ray image intensifier technology to digital flat-panel detectors (FPDs)—has brought about significant advancements in surgical imaging. FPDs have a number of advantages over image intensifiers, such as compact size and reduced radiation dose. Although resolution varies from model to model, FPDs have the ability to produce a more consistent, high-quality digital image.
While the quality of images generated from traditional image intensifiers deteriorates as the system ages, this is not the case with FPDs. They continue to deliver the same image quality even years after use and can provide a wider and more dynamic range of imaging compared to image intensifiers. Additionally, in the case of image intensifiers, the field of vision is reduced with higher magnification; this does not happen if FPDs are used.
Restrains: High price of surgical imaging systems
Owing to their advanced features and functionalities, mobile C-arms are generally expensive and cost above USD 200,000. Advanced mobile C-arms are equipped with powerful generators (up to 20kW), which enable the penetration of dense anatomies. GE Healthcare’s OEC 9900 Elite and Ziehm Imaging’s Vision RFD are among the most expensive mobile C-arms manufactured. The large image displays in these mobile C-arms enable a precise evaluation of the images while allowing surgeons to view and analyze these images at a distance.
In addition to the high purchase cost, these equipment have several other direct expenses for printers and DICOM boxes, which results in an overall increase in the total cost of ownership. Due to the requirement of significant capital expenditure, many small and medium-sized institutions find it hard to purchase these equipment.
Opportunities: Emerging markets and growing medical tourism
Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) are among the fastest-growing economies in the world. According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), it is projected that by 2028, China will overtake the US to become the world’s largest economy. Similarly, India is expected to become the third-largest economy in the world by 2030.
More than half of the world’s population resides in India and China, owing to which these countries are home to a large patient base. The increasing burden of cancer, improvements in healthcare infrastructure, the presence of a less-stringent regulatory environment, and growing medical tourism are encouraging players in the surgical imaging market to increase their presence in emerging countries.
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The hospitals end user segment to hold the largest market share in 2020
Based on end users, the market is divided into hospitals and surgery centers. Hospitals are expected to account for the largest share of the surgical imaging market in 2020, while surgery centers are expected to account for the highest growth rate. The large share of this segment can be attributed to the rising demand for effective disease management, growing surgical procedural volumes in hospitals, and the increasing number of hospitals being set up in developing countries.