Optical imaging is a method of non-invasively looking inside the body using visible light and the special properties of photons, to obtain detailed images of organs and tissues as well as smaller structures including cells and even molecules. It is an emerging technology with great potential for improving disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Optical imaging can be combined with MRI and X-rays to provide the enhanced information for doctors and researchers. This imaging method significantly reduces patient exposure to harmful radiation. It is useful for visualizing soft tissues and takes advantage of the various colors of light in order to see and measure many different properties of an organ or tissue at the same time. During the last 15 years, there have been rapid advances and developments in biophotonics that have resulted in promising new imaging techniques. Optical imaging includes endoscopy, optical coherence tomography (OCT), photoacoustic imaging, diffuse optical tomography, Raman spectroscopy, Super-resolution microscopy and Terahertz tomography. Optical imaging can be used for detection of ovarian cancer, superficial malignant skin lesions, lymphoma, intestinal adenoma stem cell trafficking and monitoring treatment response.
The market of optical imaging dominated by OCT technology. Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is an emerging technique used for oncology, neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, dermatology and clinical research. The oncology segment is likely to report the fastest growth. The overall growth strategy seems to focus on increasing research combined with developing new and innovative products and obtaining exclusive rights to use their product in an effective manner which is possible only in the form of patents. Recently, a novel 3D wearable PAT technique has been developed for brain imaging. Catheter-based intravascular photoacoustic (IVPA) imaging is used for early detection of cardiovascular disease diagnosis. The demand for optical imaging systems in the hospitals and clinics has increased significantly in order to enhance the quality of healthcare services. The key factors contributing to the growth of the optical imaging market are high demand for radiation-free imaging modalities; rising incidence of neurological as well as ophthalmologic disorders, and advancing optical imaging products
Some of the major companies involved with the optical imaging market are ASE Optics Inc., Bioptigen Inc., Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, ChemImage Corporation, Cytoviva Inc., Headwall Photonics Inc., Heidelberg Engineering GmBH, Michelson Diagnostics, Optical Imaging Ltd., Raytheon ELCAN Optical Technologies, PerkinElmer Inc., Somanetics Corporation, St. Jude Medical Inc., Topcon Medical Systems Inc. and Volcano Corporation. Carl Zeiss and St. Jude Medical are the pioneers of OCT technology. All major companies are investing profoundly in new product development to keep up with competition and so there are "n" number of innovations in the form of patents. New product launches and collaborations or partnerships have played a significant role in the growth of these key companies, over the past few years.
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