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The global transrectal ultrasound market size was valued at USD 228.0 million in 2022. The market is projected to grow from USD 241.2 million in 2023 to USD 371.3 million by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period.
Transrectal ultrasound is a medical device utilized for diagnosing prostatic diseases in men, including conditions such as prostate cancer, prostatitis, and benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is a minimally invasive technique that employs sound waves to generate images of the prostate. During a transrectal ultrasound procedure, a small probe is inserted into the rectum, emitting sound waves that bounce off surrounding tissues. A computer analyzes the wave patterns (known as echoes) as they bounce off the organs, converting them into an image that a doctor views on a video screen. Transrectal ultrasound is also referred to as Endorectal Ultrasound (ERUS), prostate sonogram, or prostate ultrasound.
The increase in the prevalence of prostate cancer is a major factor influencing the global transrectal ultrasound market growth. Additionally, the rise in government funding to develop new treatments and advancements in TRUS devices are projected to drive market's growth over the forecast period. For example, in March 2023, the Defense Appropriations Act funded the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) to develop new treatments and conduct high-impact prostate cancer research. Moreover, systems with improved and efficient imaging capabilities, techniques integrated with MRI-US fusion biopsies, high-resolution ultrasound scanning, and real-time elastography for the diagnosis of prostate cancer are being introduced on a large scale. These systems are driving the shift of diagnostic approaches from conventional to advanced techniques in diagnosing prostate cancer. In addition, the large and aging population base in emerging countries such as China and India, along with the expanding healthcare infrastructure in these countries, is propelling the adoption of transrectal ultrasound systems. However, product recalls due to safety issues and stringent healthcare policies by regulatory authorities are projected to hamper market's growth to a certain extent.
Declining Diagnostic Procedures during COVID-19 Negatively Affected Market Growth
The global market was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. A decline in the number of urological surgical procedures was observed during this period, posing a challenge for market growth. For instance, during the pandemic, the British Association of Urological Surgeons Limited published a triage schema for the step-down cancellation of urological surgical procedures to prioritize the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Furthermore, prominent players in the market faced challenges due to the unavailability of locally sourced raw materials or parts, resulting in a major drop in their profit margins. For example, the diagnosis and treatment businesses of Koninklijke Philips N.V. recorded a profit of USD 8,596.2 million in 2020, a 3.8% decrease compared to 2019. The postponement of capital equipment installations and elective procedures further exacerbated the market’s decline.
However, there was a resumption in elective surgeries between Q4-2020 and Q1-2021 as governments relaxed imposed regulations worldwide. This scenario led to an increase in the number of patient visits to diagnostic centers and hospitals, partially stabilizing the adoption of transrectal ultrasound devices globally.
Launch of Innovative and Advanced Systems to Boost Market Potential
Major players in the market are focusing on launching advanced technologies to treat prostate cancer. For example, ExactVu is a micro-ultrasound platform that helps urologists or radiologists perform targeted biopsies within a standard urological workflow. The unique 29MHz frequency of this tool allows urologists to visualize unseen prostate images before surgery. The ExactVu micro-ultrasound system is available for sale in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Furthermore, the growing approvals from government agencies to sell ultrasound devices in different countries are projected to boost the growth of the market in the coming years. For example, in April 2023, EDAP TMS, a manufacturer of robotic energy-based therapies, received approval from the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) to commercialize its ExactVu micro-ultrasound biopsy platform in Japan. Moreover, the rising efforts toward manufacturing and launching urological devices are projected to create significant growth opportunities for the market during the forecast period.
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Increasing Prevalence of Prostate Cancer to Drive Market Growth
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the prostate, a part of the male reproductive system which includes the penis, seminal vesicles, prostate, and testicles. According to data published by the World Cancer Research Fund International, prostate cancer is the second most occurring cancer and the fourth most common cancer overall. Additionally, there were more than 1.4 million new cases of prostate cancer globally in 2020. Furthermore, according to data reported by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the prevalence of prostate cancer is increasing, marking a trend over the last 20 years. The rise in the prevalence of this ailment will drive the demand for more effective therapeutic measures, thereby boosting market growth during the forecast period.
Strong Reimbursement Policies and Coverage Will Boost Market Growth
Favorable reimbursement policies and increasing government efforts to spread awareness among people about prostate cancer and the benefits of its early diagnosis are projected to drive market growth over the forecast period. For instance, in March 2020, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) hosted a conference on reimbursement strategies for focused ultrasound. The conference aimed to create a framework for focused ultrasound reimbursement and coverage policies. The foundation supported manufacturers' reimbursement efforts in collaboration with partners such as AdvaMed and MITA. Such strong initiatives to support the reimbursement efforts of manufacturers are projected to create numerous growth opportunities for the market.
Shortage of Trained Technicians and Product Recalls May Limit Market Development
Advancements in artificial imaging are creating numerous growth opportunities for the market. However, recent recalls of ultrasound devices are hampering market growth to a certain extent. For instance, in April 2019, Koninklijke Philips N.V. recalled its Philips EPIQ and Affiniti Ultrasound Systems intended for use in transrectal biopsy procedures. Furthermore, a shortage of trained technicians will limit growth opportunities for the market. For instance, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of physicians, including urologists, between 61,700 and 94,700 by 2025.
Transrectal Ultrasound Systems to Dominate Market Due to New Product Launches
Based on product, the global market is segmented into systems and transducers. The system segment dominated the global transrectal ultrasound market share in 2022. Rising product launches will primarily drive the segment’s growth to meet the growing demand from patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. For instance, in May 2021, RSIP Vision launched a new prostate MRI-to-ultrasound registration tool that provides MRI-to-ultrasound registration using standard MRI scans and trans-rectal ultrasound images. Such launches by market players will increase the adoption of these products to meet robust demand, leading to the segment’s growth in the upcoming years.
The transducers segment is projected to record the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to their widespread use in prostate cancer screening and diagnosis.
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Cart/Trolley-based Devices to Gain Traction Due to Their High Adoption by Hospitals
Based on type, the market is divided into cart/trolley-based and portable. The cart/trolley-based segment held the largest market share in 2022, owing to higher adoption of these devices in hospitals and ASCs. This is further augmented by the increasing adoption of these systems in emergency care for critical patients. Moreover, clinical advantages of these devices such as rapid diagnosis and accurate results further contributes to the rising adoption of these systems.
The portable segment is projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period of 2023-2030. The segment’s dominance is mainly attributed to the launch of technologically advanced handheld equipment by market players. In addition, rising preference of healthcare providers towards minimally invasive treatments and extensive adoption of imaging systems in emergency cases are other factors projected to influence segmental growth over the forecast period.
Growing Incidence of Prostate Cancer to Boost Product Use in Diagnostic Applications
Based on the application, the market is segmented into diagnostic and image-guided treatment. The diagnostic segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022 and is projected to record a substantial CAGR over the forecast period. The segment’s growth is mainly attributed to the rising prevalence of prostate cancer and the growing demand for transrectal procedures globally. For instance, according to data published by the European Cancer Information System (ECIS) in 2020, prostate cancer accounted for 23.2% of all new cancer cases (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers) diagnosed in men in EU-27 countries. The diagnostic segment is further segmented into prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and others.
The image-guided treatment segment will account for a considerable market share during the forecast timeframe owing to the increasing number of initiatives for cancer radiotherapy.
Higher Preference for Treatment Through Hospitals & ASCs to Boost Product Use in These Centers
By end-user, the global market is classified into hospitals & ASCs, diagnostic laboratories, and others. The hospitals & ASCs segment accounted for the highest market share in 2022 and is projected to maintain its dominant position over the forecast period. The segment’s dominance is mainly attributed to the fact that most patients prefer to be treated in hospitals & ASCs.
The diagnostic laboratories segment held the second-largest market share in 2022 and is projected to record a significant CAGR over the forecast period. Increasing adoption of minimally invasive procedures and the adequate reimbursement policies offered by diagnostic laboratories are projected to drive the segment's growth in the coming years.
In terms of region, the global market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.
North America Transrectal Ultrasound Market Size, 2022 (USD Million)
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North America transrectal ultrasound market size was valued at USD 66.5 million in 2022 and is likely to dominate the global market throughout the forecast period. The regional market’s growth is attributed to the increasing prevalence of prostate cancer, the establishment of well-developed infrastructure, and a strong presence of key players. For instance, according to data published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), it is estimated that around 288,300 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of 2023. This scenario will likely surge the demand for transrectal ultrasound devices, thereby contributing to the regional market growth during the forecast period. Furthermore, increased government initiatives and reimbursement policies to raise patient awareness regarding early diagnosis are projected to drive market growth in the U.S.
Europe market is projected to record a significant CAGR in the upcoming years due to growing government initiatives in the region to reduce mortality and morbidity caused by prostate cancer. For instance, in April 2023, PRAISE-U (Prostate Cancer Awareness and Initiative for Screening in the European Union) announced that it was working to encourage the early detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer in the European Union. Such initiatives are projected to boost the market growth in the region.
Asia Pacific uses outdated ultrasound systems to a great extent, which is one of the major factors boosting the adoption of replacement unit shipments to fuel the regional market’s growth in 2022. This growth is further boosted by the presence of a strong hospital infrastructure that is rapidly developing, and high per capita spending on healthcare in India, China, and many other South East Asian nations. This factor is expected to increase the need for new unit shipments of transrectal ultrasound systems.
Latin America and the Middle East and Africa regions are estimated to register a comparatively lower CAGR during the forecast period owing to a lack of awareness amongst people regarding the treatment options for prostate cancer. Also, the low out-of-pocket expenditure for diagnosing and treating this disease in these regions is another factor that can slow down the market’s growth.
BK Medical Holding Company, Inc. Held Significant Market Share Due to Strong Brand Presence
The market's competitive landscape is characterized by a semi-consolidated environment, where the top 2-3 players dominated the global market in 2022, while other players also accounted for a significant market share. A well-established brand presence, a diversified portfolio of ultrasound systems for urology, and widespread geographic presence are some of the factors responsible for the strong market position held by BK Medical Holding Company, Inc. in 2022. Other key players include KOELIS, Exact Imaging, Telemed Medical Systems, and FUJIFILM Corporation.
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The market research report provides qualitative and quantitative insights into the global market and offers a detailed analysis of the market’s size and growth rate for all possible segments. The report also provides an elaborate analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights presented in this report include the prevalence of prostate cancer in key countries in 2022, key industry developments, new product launches, the regulatory scenario, top industry trends, an overview of the healthcare industry in key countries, and the impact of COVID-19 on the market.
CAGR of 6.4% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Million)
By Product, Type, Application, End-user, and Region
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was valued at USD 228 million in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 371.3 million by 2030.
In 2022, the North America market value stood at USD 66.5 million.
The market will record a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period of 2023-2030.
By product analysis, the systems segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
Rising prevalence of prostate cancer and active government initiatives for early diagnosis are the major factors driving the Transrectal Ultrasound (TRUS) market.
BK Medical Holding Company, Inc. and KOELIS are the top players in the market.
North America dominated the market in 2022.
The growing awareness about prostate cancer, especially among the aging population, and innovative product launches are expected to drive the adoption of these products.
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