Medical imaging has become the bellwether application for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in healthcare. From deep learning and machine learning approaches, to cognitive computing, to even natural language processing, several AI approaches are now being incorporated in the field of radiology. Apart from academic research groups, almost all major manufacturers and vendors in the medical imaging space have or are developing initiatives to bring automation, augmentation or acceleration to medical imaging, cognitive computing for imaging informatics applications and even intelligent machines. There are several startups as well which continue to advance the development of solutions.
In the medical imaging workflow, from ordering of imaging studies all the way up to follow-up post imaging, artificial intelligence could play a role. Of course, current efforts are mostly concentrated in analyzing the medical images. These solutions have been deployed on premises, but there is a gradual adoption of cloud technologies too. As applications evolve and are developed further, AI is moving to the edge, and might also become embedded in imaging equipment as the next frontier.
However, at the global level, countries look up to AI to address very different and systemic challenges - while some such as the United States require higher productivity and standardization, the United Kingdom needs to address shortages and higher wait time, whereas others such as China need it to build access and expertize to improve diagnosis rates. This has naturally resulted in a continuous growth in the number of startups emerging in this field, globally. Funding too, has flowed in to support the momentum. Crucial regulatory milestones have been achieved, but many more are likely to be reached as well.
This study is a focused analysis to highlight all of the companies active in this space, and to analyze their solutions to get a sense of the trends in the industry. Aptly called the Companies-to-Action, a comprehensive analysis of ~100 AI companies currently offering medical image analysis solutions provides an in-depth insight in to several key questions, as outlined below. Competitive landscape, evolving partnerships, regional analysis to identify conducive factors for development of AI solutions, funding trends for the 80+ startups, a landscape assessment, and finally, a list of top ten predictions for the coming 5 years are covered in this study. It also highlights a curated list of companies along with our perspective on their uniqueness, potential opportunities, and threats.
Key Issues Addressed
- Who are the companies that have set out to develop and commercialize artificial intelligence-based solutions for medical image analysis?
- Which modalities, organs and disease areas have vendors focused on during the inception phase 2011-2018?
- What kind of competitive and partnership dynamics are taking place across the vendor, provider and investor ecosystems?
- What are some unique approaches and use cases addressed by some of the most innovative companies vested in AI-based medical image analysis?
- How do various regions fare in the adoption of, and investment in AI based technologies for medical image analysis?
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- Key Findings
- Scope and Segmentation
- Key Questions this Study will Answer
2. COMPANIES-TO-ACTION OVERVIEW
- Companies-To-Action (C2A) Value Creators
- Threats & Opportunities
- Study Methodology
3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSISMARKET OVERVIEW
- Medical Imaging AI Use Cases
- Study Introduction
- Application of AI-Based Analysis Across the Imaging Chain
- Medical Imaging AI Technology Hype Cycle
- Diverse Usage Scenarios for AI-Based Image Analysis
- Diverse Usage Scenarios for AI-Based Imaging Analytics
- Medical Imaging AI Value Propositions to Key Stakeholders
4. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSIS ECOSYSTEM & COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
- Medical Imaging AI Competitive Landscape
- Developing Dynamics in the Medical Imaging AI Ecosystem
- Timeline of Founding of Medical Imaging AI Start-ups
- Consistent Growth in Start-up Numbers During 2009-2017
- Timeline of Industry-Firsts For Medical Imaging AI Start-ups
- Select Milestones in Medical Imaging AI Development
- Select Significant Regulatory Approval Milestones
- Continuous Learning, the Next Regulatory Frontier
- Digital Pathology AI, a Tangential Area to Medical Imaging AI
- AI-Based Endoscopy Image Analysis a Burgeoning Field
5. GEOGRAPHICAL PATTERNS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
- Different Incentives and Vision for AI Across Countries
- Global Deployments of Medical Imaging AI Solutions
- Global Spread of Medical Imaging AI Companies
- Regional Analysis - Top Two Countries
- Regional Analysis - Next Two Countries
- Regional Analysis - Next Three Countries
- Regional Analysis - Emerging Hotbeds
6. FUNDING TRENDS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL IMAGE START-UPS
- Global Funding Sources for Medical Image Analysis AI
- Global Funding Sources for Medical Image Analysis AI - Discussion
- Global Targets for Medical Image Analysis AI Investments
- Global Targets for Medical Image Analysis AI Investments - Discussion
7. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSISLANDSCAPE ASSESSMENT
- Top Clinical Application Areas
- Top Clinical Application Areas - Discussion
- Target Disease Areas
- Target Organs
- Disease and Organ Focus - Discussion
- Imaging Modality Focus
- Imaging Modality Focus - Discussion
- Overlaps in Imaging Modality Focus
- Overlaps in Imaging Modality Focus - Insights
- Imaging AI Developments by Major Imaging Vendors
- Top 4 Imaging Equipment OEMs by Intensity of AI Efforts
- IBM Watson Health in Medical Image Analysis
- Huiying Medical Tech Co.
- Imagen Technologies
- MaxQ-AI (formerly MedyMatch Technology)
- Quantitative Insights
- Riverain Tech
9. GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
- 5 Major Growth Opportunities
- Strategic Imperatives for AI Medical Image Analysis Solutions
10. OUTLOOK - TOP TEN PREDICTIONS FOR AI-BASED MEDICAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
- Top 10 Predictions for 2018-2022
- Legal Disclaimer
- Imaging Modality Focus for Medical Imaging AI Companies
- Which Modalities have been Tackled by Imaging AI Vendors?
- Coverage of Companies
- Universe of Medical Image Analysis AI Companies
- Universe of Imaging Modality Companies
- Universe of Clinical Specialty Focus Companies
- Universe of Disease Focus Companies
- List of Exhibits