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Medical Imaging Markets: X-Ray, Digital X-Ray, CT and Other Radiography Systems

Radiography includes mammography, computed tomography, traditional x-ray and digital x-ray. These imaging procedures are affected by a number of factors: advances in technology, consumer expectations for healthcare, declining reimbursement and coverage of medical expenses by insurance companies and the aging of the population are among the factors driving these imaging markets.

This report, Medical Imaging Markets: X-Ray, Digital X-Ray, CT and Other Radiography Systems from Kalorama Information, details these factors and provides 2011 market size and forecast to 2015 for the following markets:

  • Digital X-Ray
  • Traditional X-Ray
  • Dental X-Ray
  • Film
  • CT
  • Mammography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Regional Markets (US, Europe, Asia, ROW) for these segments

Digital systems replace the conventional film cassette with an electronic receptor that directly converts the x-rays to digital images. Over the years, Kalorama Information analyst Joe Constance has tracked this trend of digital radiography. Digital technology enables x-ray modalities to detect problem sites more rapidly and with greater accuracy. These capabilities are helping fuel hospitals’ transition from film-based systems to filmless environments. At the same time there are practical limiters to digital and areas where film-based systems will still be useful, and the report details these.

This report analyzes the current and potential world market for medical and dental x-ray systems. Various modalities that use x-rays to create images, such as fluoroscopy and CT, are included in the report. Also reviewed is the market for medical and dental x-ray film. This report generally reviews the nature and direction of research, as well as future markets. It also profiles several companies involved in marketing medical and dental x-ray equipment, and medical and dental x-ray film, including:

  • Adimec
  • AFP Imaging Corp.
  • Agfa-Gevaert NV
  • Alara Inc.
  • Analogic Corp.
  • Applied Visual Sciences
  • Aribex Inc.
  • Biolase Technology
  • Biospace Med
  • Canon Inc.
  • Carestream Health Inc.
  • C.M.C. Biotech Co. Ltd.
  • CMT Medical Technologies Ltd.
  • Control-X Medical Inc.
  • dpiX LLC
  • Fischer Industries Inc.
  • Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hamamatsu Photonics KK
  • Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.
  • Hologic Inc.
  • iCAD Inc.
  • Imaging Dynamics Co. Ltd.
  • ImaSight Inc.
  • Imix ADR
  • InfiMed Inc.
  • Internazionale Medico Scientifica
  • Italray
  • Lodox Systems
  • Medlink Imaging LLC
  • MedicaTech USA
  • M. E. X’Ray India Pvt. Ltd.
  • MinXray Inc.
  • MX Imaging Inc.
  • NeuroLogica Corp.
  • PerkinElmer
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Planmeca Oy
  • Plexus Corp.
  • R2 Technology Inc.
  • Radlink Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics America Inc.
  • Sectra Imtec AB
  • Shimadzu Corp.
  • Siemens Healthcare
  • Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
  • Stephanix
  • Swissray International Inc.
  • Thales
  • Toshiba America Medical Systems
  • Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
  • Trixell
  • United Radiology Systems Inc.
  • Varian Medical Systems

Market forecasts are based on an examination of current market conditions and on investigations into the development of new products by key companies. The market data provide multiple year forecasts for all product segments covered in the report. The information presented in this report has been generated by data gathered from company product literature and other corporate brochures and documents, as well as information found in the scientific and trade press. In addition, interviews were conducted with company executives.

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Dramatic Change in X-Ray Market as Digital Systems Exceed Traditional

Kalorama Information estimates that digital x-ray system sales will exceed those of traditional x-ray systems used for a medical (non-dental) purpose in 2011. According to the healthcare market research publisher, revenues for digital x-ray systems are the largest component of the $12 billion radiography market, slightly higher than the firm's projection for traditional systems. Kalorama notes in its new report: Medical Imaging Markets: X-Ray, Digital X-Ray, CT and Other Radiography Systems, that digital x-ray will exhibit the highest growth in the radiography market which includes mammography, fluoroscopy, dental imaging, computed tomography, and analog x-ray systems.

The report states that it is initially expensive to purchase a digital x-ray system such as the Philips DigitalDiagnost, the Siemens AXIOM Multix, or products from several other companies. But with continued use, operating costs are lower than with standard radiography. Digital systems don't require film and processing, the annual cost of which can be as great as the capital cost of standard radiographic equipment. And, once a digital system is installed, large film storage facilities are no longer needed.

"The initial cost of buying a digital system is several times higher than a conventional system," said Joe Constance, the report's author and imaging analyst for Kalorama Information. "But the high cost can be justified, particularly in a high volume setting."

Kalorama finds that it is not the cost savings but convenience and usability that are especially driving system sales. Diagnosticians can retrieve digital x-rays almost instantly from a computer terminal. The movement to digitize diagnostic imaging is closely tied to the movement to boost health care efficiency through the digitization of health care records - electronic medical records (EMRs). As a result of steadily increasing digital business, radiology equipment manufacturers that once had significant involvement in film and film-related technologies have been investing in alternative digital technologies.

The report also notes changes in the competitors operating in x-ray equipment. Because innovation relies greatly on funding, large companies with flexible budgets for research and development have owned a sizable percentage of the market. But others, such as Kodak, have left the business. That company decided to focus its attention on the significant digital growth opportunities in consumer and professional imaging and graphic communications.

The report contains analysis of the market including company profiles, regional market breakouts, key trends and market shares of competitors.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • X-Ray Analysis
  • Digital X-Ray Evolution
    • Boosting Efficiency
  • Significant Uses
    • Chest X-Rays
    • Mammography
    • Economics
    • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Market Analysis
    • Traditional X-Ray
    • Digital X-Ray
    • Mammography
    • Fluoroscopy
    • Dental
  • Methodology
CHAPTER TWO: INTRODUCTION
  • Early Diagnostic Tool
  • History
  • The Onset of Digitization
    • 3D X-Ray
  • Transition to Digital
    • Focus and Risk Reduction
    • Changes in Behavior
    • The Private Practice and Its Needs
  • Computed Radiography
      Readers
  • Digital Economics
  • Improved Throughput
  • Machine Vision Opportunities
CHAPTER THREE: KEY APPLICATIONS
  • Chest Imaging
    • Multi-Drug Resistance
    • National Lung Cancer Screening Trial Update
    • Types of Cancers Found by Screening
  • Mammography
    • CR Mammography
    • Tomosynthesis
    • Approved FFDM Accreditation Bodies
    • Functional Imaging Alternatives
    • PEM Alternatives
    • CAD
    • Early Breast Cancers
    • Economic and Effectiveness Issues
    Cardio and Vascular Imaging Computed Tomography
    • Multislice CT
    • Evolution Continues
    • The Virtual Colon
    Fluoroscopy
    • Pediatric Fluoroscopy
    Orthopedics Laser Printers Dental Systems
    • Digital Implications
    Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Dentistry
    • Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Medical Surgery
    Challenges and Issues
    • Private Practices
    • Modifying Working Behavior
    • Design Considerations
    • Advances in Innovation
    • New Guidance Requirements
    • Economics
    • Return on Investment
CHAPTER FOUR: ONGOING RESEARCH
  • Chest X-Rays Yielding to New Technologies
  • Double CT Scans Unnecessary
  • CR and DR Over Conventional Modalities
  • CT Scans Optimize Accuracy in ER
  • ERs See Increase in CT Diagnostics
  • CT Angiography Identifies Heart Issues
  • CT Colonography for Screening
  • First Diagnostic Radiology Application for Mobile Devices
  • New Cardiac Imaging Device
  • CT Visualizes Nano-Structure of Bones
  • 3D Orthopedic Imaging
    • PET/CT May Offer Effective Breast Cancer Detection
  • Screening with Low-Dose Spiral CT Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths
  • CT Spots Seeds of Heart Disease in Healthy Patients
  • GE Moving Top X-Ray Executives to China
  • GE Launches Compact CT
  • Samsung Interested in Buying X-Ray Makers to Take on GE, Siemens
CHAPTER FIVE: MARKETS
  • General Radiography - Systems and Film
  • Mammography
    • Computer-Aided Detection
  • Computed Tomography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Dental
CHAPTER SIX: CORPORATE PROFILES
  • Adimec
  • AFP Imaging Corp.
  • Agfa-Gevaert NV
  • Alara Inc.
  • Analogic Corp.
  • Applied Visual Sciences
  • Aribex Inc.
  • Biolase Technology
  • Biospace Med
  • Canon Inc.
  • Carestream Health Inc.
  • C.M.C. Biotech Co. Ltd.
  • CMT Medical Technologies Ltd.
  • Control-X Medical Inc.
  • dpiX LLC
  • Fischer Industries Inc.
  • Fujifilm Medical Systems USA Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hamamatsu Photonics KK
  • Hitachi Medical Systems America Inc.
  • Hologic Inc.
  • iCAD Inc.
  • Imaging Dynamics Co. Ltd.
  • ImaSight Inc.
  • Imix ADR
  • InfiMed Inc.
  • Internazionale Medico Scientifica
  • Italray
  • Lodox Systems
  • Medlink Imaging LLC
  • MedicaTech USA
  • M. E. X’Ray India Pvt. Ltd.
  • MinXray Inc.
  • MX Imaging Inc.
  • NeuroLogica Corp.
  • PerkinElmer
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Planmeca Oy
  • Plexus Corp.
  • R2 Technology Inc.
  • Radlink Inc.
  • Samsung Electronics America Inc.
  • Sectra Imtec AB
  • Shimadzu Corp.
  • Siemens Healthcare
  • Sirona Dental Systems, Inc.
  • Stephanix
  • Swissray International Inc.
  • Thales
  • Toshiba America Medical Systems
  • Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
  • Trixell
  • United Radiology Systems Inc.
  • Varian Medical Systems
LIST OF EXHIBITS
CHAPTER ONE: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • Table 1-1 Methods of Digital X-Ray Generation
  • Table 1-2 World Market for Medical X-ray Equipment
  • Table 1-3 World Market for Digital Medical X-ray Equipment
  • Table 1-4 World Market for Mammography Systems
  • Table 1-5 World Market for Digital Mammography Systems
  • Table 1-6 World Market for Fluoroscopy Systems
  • Table 1-7 World Market for Dental X-ray Systems
CHAPTER TWO: KEY APPLICATIONS
  • Table 2-1 New US Cases of Invasive Breast Cancer -- Women
  • Table 2-2 New US Cases of Invasive Breast Cancer - Men
CHAPTER FIVE: MARKETS
  • Table 5-1 World Market for X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-2 North American Market for X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-3 European Market for X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-4 Asian Market for X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-5 Rest of World Market for X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-6 World Market for Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-7 North American Market for Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-8 European Market for Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-9 Asian Market for Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-10 Rest of World Market for Digital X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-11 World Medical Market for X-Ray Film
  • Table 5-12 US Medical Market for X-Ray Film
  • Table 5-13 Key Players’ Percentage Share - Worldwide Medical X-Ray Equipment Market
  • Table 5-14 World Market for Mammography Equipment
  • Table 5-15 North American Market for Mammography Equipment
  • Table 5-16 World Market for Digital Mammography Equipment
  • Table 5-17 North American Market for Digital Mammography Equipment
  • Table 5-18 Market Penetration of CAD Systems for Mammography
  • Table 5-19 World Market for CAD Systems
  • Table 5-20 North American Market for CAD Systems
  • Table 5-21 World Market for Computed Tomography Equipment
  • Table 5-22 North American Market for Computed Tomography Equipment
  • Table 5-23 European Market for Computed Tomography Equipment
  • Table 5-24 Asian Market for Computed Tomography Equipment
  • Table 5-25 Rest of World Market for Computed Tomography Equipment
  • Table 5-26 Key Players’ Percentage Share - Worldwide CT Market
  • Table 5-27 World Market for Fluoroscopy Equipment
  • Table 5-28 North American Market for Fluoroscopy Equipment
  • Table 5-29 European Market for Fluoroscopy Equipment
  • Table 5-30 Asian Market for Fluoroscopy Equipment
  • Table 5-31 Rest of World Market for Fluoroscopy Equipment
  • Table 5-32 World Market for Dental X-ray Equipment
  • Table 5-33 North American Market for Dental X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-34 European Market for Dental x-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-35 Asian Market for Dental X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-36 Rest of World Market for Dental X-Ray Equipment
  • Table 5-37 Installed Base of Wall-Mounted Dental X-Ray Units 2010
  • Table 5-38 Potential for Dental Conversion to Digital X-Ray 2010
  • Table 5-39 World Dental Market for X-Ray Film
  • Table 5-40 US Dental Market for X-Ray Film

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