Global CT Markets Expected to Thrive Based on 2016 Report

An already strong market, the CT-systems segment of the imaging market is poised for growth.

According to Kalorama Information, the global medical computed tomography (CT) systems market was valued at $4.9 billion for 2016. The growing number of clinical applications for CT, coupled with an aging population with significant diagnostic needs, along with a growing incidence of chronic illness and disease, is driving the market. The healthcare market research firm’s report, Computed Tomography Markets, focuses on the worldwide market, providing market size and forecasts.

Computed Tomography (CT) Markets can be found at Kalorama Information.

“Among all medical imaging systems, CT scanners are expected to be the fastest growing imaging equipment segment,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information. “Technological developments in the last decade have made it possible to acquire very high-quality images in a very short time.”

Recent developments in the CT market include:

  • A currently low rate in false-positive findings
  • The fact that children are receiving fewer CT scans now than a decade ago
  • The substantial growth in the ordering of computed tomography angiography (CTA) examinations in the Medicare population
  • The recent development of the coming next-generation of CT scanners that substantially reduce potentially harmful radiation while still improving overall image quality
  • The increased role of CT in patients with advanced prostate cancer

CT offers a number of advantages over traditional x-rays. High-contrast resolution makes it possible to visualize differences between tissues that differ in physical density by less than 1%. Data from one CT procedure consisting of either multiple contiguous scans or one helical or spiral scan can be viewed as images in multiple different planes.

Recent advances in CT focus on image quality, speed, new and improved applications, and dose reduction. Manufacturers of CT systems have developed new technologies in an effort to reduce the amount of emitted radiation and the number of unnecessary scans. In addition, recent studies on the use of CT on select patient populations and the modality’s benefits in detecting certain cancers are showing that the risks of CT imaging can be both good and bad.

These improvements in technology have enabled CT to enter the mainstream in medical care. The speed of CT makes it possible for clinicians to locate internal bleeding and injuries rapidly enough to save lives. Also, the continuous need for rapid and early diagnosis is driving the demand for CT, notably in the fields of cardiology and oncology, among other chronic illnesses.

Portable CT units will continue to appear as the importance of rapid diagnosis and treatment plays into improving patients’ health outcomes and cutting health care costs. Specifically, portable head CT imaging is becoming important in facilitating the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cranial pathology. In general, bringing the modality to the patient can increase the speed and safety of imaging, which is critical, particularly for many neurologic emergencies. It is likely that portable CT will become a standard of care in the next decade.

Kalorama’s report, Computed Tomography (CT) Markets, provides market forecasts covering CT segments and is 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 the each product segment.

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