The global computed tomography (CT) Scanner market was valued at USD 5.14 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2020-2027. The significant factors propelling CT Scanner market growth include advancements in the scanning technology and device miniaturization, rising incidence of targeted diseases, need for early diagnosis for disease prevention, and growing preference towards minimally invasive procedures.
In July 2019, the National Space Agency and Administration (NASA) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showcased new CT scanner using the miniaturized high speed modulated X-ray source (MXS), which was previously used in astrophysics for research on Black hole. The device possesses three benefits, first being lightweight (size of playing a card), less fragile as compared to traditional sources and requires very low maintenance. The use of innovative MXS has opened new avenues and opportunities in scanning technology.
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The increasing demand for cost effective and efficient medical imaging devices including CT scanners is driving the global market forward. High research and development and labor costs are involved in the designing and development of new CT scanners. Hence, new CT systems are highly expensive. The cost burden will be furthermore when coupled with the installation and maintenance charges for the equipment, making them unaffordable to many hospitals and diagnostic centers due to budget constraints. The adoption of these imaging devices from major suppliers such as GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, and Philips Healthcare results in about 20% of cost savings.
Adoption of CT systems helps hospitals and diagnostic centers to upgrade their diagnostic capability and provide patients with accurate diagnosis at low cost compared to new system. The increased medical tourism in the APAC countries is attracting the more private players to compete with the larger hospitals by providing cheap and efficient services to their customers. This is results in increasing adoption of CT scanners as a cost-effective alternative to the new advanced medical imaging devices.
The global CT Scanner market is hindered with few limitations. The available strict regulatory policies in high income countries for their safety and efficacy continue to grow with usage. Wrong interpretations in the quality of the medical image output and disorderly arrangement of CT systems focus on unnecessary risk for both patients and staff. Furthermore, the reluctance of OEMs or manufacturers in sharing their updated software and technologies with third-party vendors of medical equipment due to cost constraints also made suffered. All these factors are estimated to restrict the growth of the CT Scanner market.
The market is primarily segmented on the basis of Type, By Technology, By Architecture, By Application, and geographic region.
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Based upon the type, the global market is categorized into stationary and portable CT scanners. In 2019, stationary CT Scanner segment accounted for the largest share in the global market, owing to its adoption in different applications and higher accuracy. The segment also enjoys first-mover advantage and it is already being installed across several hospitals.
Portable CT Scanner segment is anticipated to register the highest growth rate among the two segments. The continuously increasing adoption of this segment is attributed to its less weight and low floor occupation. Moreover, its higher speed of scanning and preference towards heart related disorders also enabling its increase in market share in the forthcoming years.
Based on the technology, the global market is bifurcated as high, low slice, mid slice, and cone-beam CT. In 2019, the high slice segment is accounted for the largest share in the global market. This high segmental share is attributed to its ability to diagnose sharp 3D images of vital organs with higher efficiency, owing to maximum slicing capacity which increases its scanning capability. Moreover, its high adoption in cardiac and research institutions supplements its usage.
The cone beam segment is expected to register the highest growth over the study time frame. This high growth is due to its increasing adoption in dental, ear, nose and throat (ENT), and maxilla-facial related ailments. For dentists, these systems offer multiple fields of view (FOV) sizes for their clinical validation. Owing to this, the segment has become a trendsetter in dental implant surgery, endodontics, orthodontics, airway analysis, and oral surgeries. The U.S. based APW Dental and Imaging Services LLC, exclusively uses these systems.
On the basis of application, the global market is categorized into oncology, neurology, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and other applications. In 2019, the oncology segment accounted for the largest share among all the segments. The factors responsible for its growth are rising incidence of different cancer types such breast, lung, blood, colorectal cancers, and rising demand for the effective scanning solutions for disease prevention at an early stage.
According to the data published by World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018, the incidence of cancer has risen to 18.1 million and has recorded more than 9.6 million deaths. Moreover, Cancer Research UK predicted that, by 2040, globally, there would be around 27.5 million cancer cases, if the same trend continued.
Geographically, the global CT Scanner market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA). North America region is the largest revenue contributor followed by Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In 2019, the North America region accounted for more than 45% of the global market.
The major share of the region is attributed to the increasing prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, and cardiovascular disorders, positive reimbursement scenario, and favorable regulatory guidelines. The U.S is the major revenue contributor in the region. The country has well-developed healthcare infrastructure comprising of cash rich hospital chains which can easily afford these high cost CT scanners. The cost of CT scanner ranges between USD100,000 to USD 3 million, depending on technological specifications.
According to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed the U.S. was the highest healthcare spender among all the high-income countries. The biggest contributor in this was medical imaging services, including CT scans. The U.S performed 245 CT scans per 1,000 populations, as compared to 151 in other countries. The average cost of a CT scan in the U.S. was around USD 896 per scan in comparison with USD 97 in Canada, USD 500 in South Korea, and USD 279 in the Netherland.
Asia Pacific region is projected to be fastest growing regional market over the study timeframe. Increasing privatization in the healthcare industry, rise in population coupled with an increase in lifestyle diseases, increasing support from governments, rapidly growing number of hospitals and growing economy are positive factors favoring its growth. China and India are the largest contributors to the CT scan market due to the increasing investments in healthcare infrastructure in the region. There is an increasing demand for cost-effective and efficient diagnosis in developing countries such as India and China due to limited budgets to invest in new medical imaging equipment such as CT scans.
Furthermore, increasing medical tourism due to the availability of low-cost surgical procedures and adoption of advanced technology in various emerging countries including China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan will further boost the market growth. In addition, many domestic and international players are increasingly focusing on APAC healthcare market to leverage on the attractive proposition of inexpensive resources, presence of weak regulatory environment and access to a large patient pool.
The global CT Scanner market is highly concentrated with very few players operating in the field. The prominent players operating in the market are CurveBeam, Hitachi Medical Corporation, Neusoft, Samsung, Canon Medical Systems, GE Healthcare, Medtronic Inc., Accuray, Koning Corporation, Xoran, Koninklijke Philips, Carestream, Planmed Oy, Siemens Healthineers, Shenzhen Anke High-Tech, and United Imaging Technologies.
These players are competing to increase their market share by offering a wide range of CT systems at cheaper costs, extended service offerings and warranty to the products purchased, strategic partnerships and agreements and expanding presence to untapped markets.