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The global medical imaging market size was USD 38.16 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow from USD 40.33 billion in 2023 to USD 61.51 billion in 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period.
The rising incidence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, neurology disorders, and other disorders, combined with the realigning healthcare systems, have led to an increase in emphasis on early diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2021, coronary artery disease (CAD) affected an estimated of 18.2 million adults annually in the U.S. alone.
Diagnostic imaging refers to the use of different imaging modalities to get visual representations of the interior of a body for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. This includes various types of modalities that are used to capture images of the human body for diagnosis and treatment of diseases which plays a vital role in improving overall health.
The rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular, cancer, orthopedics, and diabetes is responsible for a growing number of diagnostic imaging procedures across the globe. As per the report published by the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 3.6 billion diagnostic procedures are performed globally every year. Out of all, around 350 million examinations are carried out on pediatric patients. This, along with the growing focus of government organizations on early diagnosis of diseases to control healthcare costs, also influences the number of patients undergoing X-ray, magnetic resonance, and computed tomography scans globally.
Decline in Hospital Visits during the Pandemic Led to a Decline in Demand for New Unit Shipments of Imaging Systems
The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the global market, owing to the significant decline in patient visits to the hospitals. Key players, such as GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Koninklijke Philips N.V., and Siemens Healthcare GmbH, reported a significant decline in revenues during 2020. For instance, the Diagnostic Imaging segment of Koninklijke Philips N.V. recorded a 3.7% decline in revenues in 2020 as compared to the revenue generated in 2019.
Also, a significant decline in imaging procedures performed, and delays in elective procedures was observed during 2020 across major countries such as the U.S. and Europe. However, computed tomography (CT) scanner witnessed a comparatively higher demand during 2020 owing to the clinical efficiency of high-resolution CT scans (HRCT) in diagnosing COVID-19 patients through chest scans. Citing the growing demand, market players ramped up the production of these modalities, aiming to balance the supply-demand gap.
However, in 2021, the key players operating in the market observed a pre-pandemic shift owing to an increased number of image-guided procedures and execution of pending elective imaging diagnostic procedures. Additionally, the increasing penetration of imaging systems during the period is a significant factor responsible for the pre-pandemic growth of the market.
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AI-enabled Medical Imaging Equipment to Fuel Product Demand
The introduction of technologically advanced imaging equipment is one of the major elements stimulating market growth. Increasing use of advanced AI-enabled diagnostic equipment for rapid diagnosis and predictive analysis in developed countries is one of the major factors anticipated to contribute to the rising product demand during the forecast period.
Currently, only a handful of players operating in the market are providing AI-enabled imaging technologies to the healthcare industry.
Thus, the introduction and demand of AI-enabled equipment for diagnostic imaging the globally are anticipated to drive the global medical imaging market growth.
Introduction of Technologically Advanced Systems to Propel Market Growth
Elements such as the growing demand for early and cost-effective diagnosis of chronic diseases and the growing ageing population across the globe, are anticipated to influence the demand for medical imaging equipment globally. The introduction of technologically advanced devices and the developing healthcare sector in Asian countries are some of the key factors driving the market growth.
The launch of several new products is expected to spur demand hence propelling the growth of the market.
Frequent Product Recalls to Hinder Market Growth
Frequent product recalls in imaging equipment are one of the major elements anticipated to hamper the global market growth during the forecast period. For instance, In February 2021, Koninklijke Philips N.V. recalled 109 Incisive CT scanner systems for urgent medical device corrections.
This, combined with the presence of a large and regulated refurbished equipment market, especially in emerging and lucrative markets such as China, and India, has limited the adoption of new and innovative equipment in these countries. Several established and domestic players have entered this segment, offering low-cost, and refurbished equipment to healthcare facilities globally. The overall cost-benefit ratio of these refurbished devices for small and medium-sized healthcare facilities is higher, which has led to lower adoption of new systems/equipment in the global market.
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Technological Advances in X-ray Systems to Augment Demand
Based on type, the market is segmented into magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, x-ray, ultrasound, and molecular imaging.
The x-ray segment held a dominant market share in 2022. This segment's growth is primarily driven by the increasing use of interventional X-ray systems, including c-arms, and others, for image-guided surgeries. The advances in c-arms, including mini c-arms based on digital radiography and flat panel detectors, have been instrumental in augmenting the demand for x-ray equipment globally.
However, the ultrasound segment is anticipated to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period. New ergonomic models with clinical supremacy are being introduced in the market, such as portable ultrasound, due to the unmet needs and growing demand for advanced equipment from healthcare settings globally.
Prevalence of Orthopedic Disorders is Boosting the Growth of Segment
On the basis of application, the market segments include oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, gynecology, neurology, and others.
The orthopedics segment dominated the application segment in 2022. The dominant share was attributable to the rising incidence rate of trauma, and sports injuries among the population, further boosting the use of medical imaging systems across healthcare settings. Moreover, rising technological advancements for effective and rapid medical intervention of orthopedic injuries also augmented segmental growth.
The oncology segment is expected to grow at a considerable CAGR during the forecast period. The increasing incidence of cancer across the globe, along with the rising emphasis on early detection and diagnosis of cancer, is driving the demand for oncology imaging. This, along with improving access to healthcare facilities and diagnostic imaging centers in emerging countries, is projected to drive the comparatively higher CAGR of the oncology application segment.
Increasing Patient Visits to Diagnostic Imaging Centers Segment led to the Segment’s Dominance in 2022
Based on end users, the market is segmented into hospitals, specialty clinics, diagnostic imaging centers, and others.
The increasing number of diagnostic imaging centers in developed and emerging countries owing to consolidation in the market are prominent factors that can be attributable to the dominant share of diagnostic imaging centers segment.
The hospital segment is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR from 2023 to 2030. The segmental growth was attributed to the increase in hospital surgical centers across developed and developing countries, which is anticipated to increase the demand and utilization of medical imaging systems among patients. Furthermore, the growing number of surgeries among patients owing to the rising prevalence of cancer, and heart diseases, among others, is driving the demand for medical imaging systems in hospitals, further contributing to this market segment's growth.
Asia Pacific Medical Imaging Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The market size in Asia Pacific stood at USD 14.38 billion in 2022. Asia Pacific is expected to register the highest growth rate during the forecast of 2023-2030, owing to the rising prevalence of chronic diseases and demand for advanced diagnostic devices. Additionally, a large and aging installed base of imaging equipment in the Asia Pacific is presenting a lucrative opportunity for market players. This, along with a rapidly developing healthcare and hospital infrastructure in the region, especially in countries such as China and India, is anticipated to drive the demand for new medical imaging equipment during the forecast period.
North America held the second-highest share of the global market in 2022. The increasing number of patients undergoing diagnostic imaging procedures in the country is propelling the growth of the diagnostic imaging market in this region. Moreover, the rising number of imaging centers across the region, owing to high demand across the region, further augmented the market growth.
Europe is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR owing to the presence of well-established healthcare facilities coupled with increasing demand for advanced healthcare systems among the aging population. Moreover, the rising emphasis by key players on production, and the launch of technologically advanced devices across the region, further propelled the market growth.
Latin America is anticipated to grow at a comparatively lower share of the market owing to the presence of a huge underpenetrated market. Rapidly developing hospital networks in Middle East & Africa are poised to drive the market in the regions at a moderate CAGR during the forecast period. For instance, Mayo Clinic, a U.S.-based network, invested around USD 50.0 million in 2021 in an ongoing 741 bed hospital project in the UAE. Also, the public-private partnerships in Latin American countries are leading to the rapid development of hospitals, owing to increasing investments by the private sector. This is projected to lead to increasing demand for new medical imaging equipment in these countries.
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Extensive Distribution Network, Strong Portfolio, and Stout Brand Presence to Consolidate Market
A diverse portfolio of medical imaging equipment, combined with a strong and widespread distribution network globally, are some of the major factors attributed to the dominance of the players in the market. GE Healthcare, Philips, and Siemens Healthcare GmbH are among the leading medical imaging players in the market in 2020. Moreover, the high emphasis of industry players on the introduction of technologically advanced and portable imaging equipment against traditional systems to aid in diagnostic imaging further propelled the medical imaging market share in the global market.
Other key players, such as Hitachi, Ltd., and Hologic Inc., Butterfly Inc., Analogic, and so on, have also entered the market competition by introducing novel and technologically advanced devices. Moreover, rising initiatives of collaborations among key players to expand their existing product portfolio further drives their company growth.
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CAGR of 6.2% from 2023-2030
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By Type, Application, End User, and Region
By End User
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 38.16 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 61.51 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the Asia Pacific regional market value stood at USD 14.38 billion.
Growing at a CAGR of 6.2%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2023-2030).
The X-ray equipment segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
The introduction of technologically advanced products is one of the major factors driving the growth of the market.
GE Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Siemens Healthcare GmbH are the major players in the global market.
Asia Pacific dominated the market share in 2022.
The launch of AI-enabled products by market players is expected to drive the adoption of these devices globally.
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