U.S. Market for Ultrasound Imaging Equipment (Executive Summary)
- ID: 3089994
- January 2015
- Region: United States
- 12 Pages
- iData Research
A thorough understanding of ultrasound usage patterns and procedure numbers is essential to any comprehensive description of the markets for ultrasound equipment in the United States. The U.S. healthcare system is currently witnessing a trend whereby ultrasound imaging is being applied in new settings using new technologies. The growing popularity of point of care ultrasound is affecting the customer base to which ultrasound equipment is marketed and sold. For example, the number of ultrasound procedures performed by anesthesiologists grew by 118% between 2010 and 2013. These shifts have dramatic consequences for pricing, product development and expected growth.
The two largest segments of the overall ultrasound equipment market in 2014 were the cardiology and radiology segments. These respective segments each accounted for over 25% of the overall market. Cardiology and radiology represent highly saturated segments of the ultrasound equipment market. However, due to advances in 3D and 4D imaging, as well as elastography and combined MRI/ultrasound imaging techniques, growth rates in these segments are still expected to reach approximately 4% by the end of the forecast period.
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1. Executive Summary
1.1 U.S. Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.2 Trend Analysis by Segment
1.3 Procedure Numbers
1.4 Cardiology Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.5 Radiology Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.6 Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.7 Breast Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.8 Urology Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.9 Surgery Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.10 Ophthalmic Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.11 Point of Care Ultrasound Equipment Market
1.12 Leading Competitors
Apart from segments for POC ultrasound equipment, the U.S. market for ultrasound equipment is highly saturated. As such, growth in most segments is expected to remain stable. The main drivers in these markets are the aging population and gradual technological advancement in ultrasound technology. In particular, the large number of mergers and acquisitions in the ultrasound equipment market is driving product development and technological change. This activity serves to stimulate otherwise stable markets.
Advancements made in ultrasound technology are driving sales of cardiology, radiology, breast and OB/GYN ultrasounds. Advancements include color systems which are able to visualize blood flow as well as 3D and 4D imaging to see the structures in real-time. The sale of systems with more advanced technological features will drive the market by pushing ASPs up and encouraging the replacement of older units. These advancements also make ultrasound more attractive over other imaging techniques including magnetic resonance and computed tomography.
One advantage of ultrasound imaging has always been that, in contrast to other popular imaging modalities, it does not involve the use of any radiation. In recent years, there has been an increased concern among the public and some professional organizations with the amount of radiation produced by CT imaging. These concerns will shift the focus at some facilities toward reducing the use of CT equipment and diagnosing as many patients as possible with ultrasound techniques.
The emergence of POC ultrasound technology and techniques is having a dramatic impact on the markets for ultrasound equipment. In contrast to the cardiology and radiology market segments, the POC ultrasound equipment market is not saturated and will continue to grow rapidly over the forecast period.