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Global Contrast Agent Market - Forecasts from 2022 to 2027

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  • 102 Pages
  • March 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Knowledge Sourcing Intelligence LLP
  • ID: 5576464
The global contrast agent market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.76% over the forecast period to reach a market size of US$4.754 billion in 2027 from US$3.007 billion in 2020.

A contrast agent, often known as contrast media, is a substance used in medical imaging to enhance the contrast of structures or fluids within the body. Unlike radiopharmaceuticals, contrast agents absorb or modify external electromagnetic or ultrasound waves, whereas radiopharmaceuticals emit radiation. The patient can be administered these drugs orally, rectally, or intravenously.

The rising prevalence of chronic disorders, increased authorization of contrast agents, the rising number of diagnostic imaging tests including ultrasound, X-rays, and advanced imaging technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, expanding the number of diagnostic centres and hospitals, and the availability of reimbursement are all factors influencing market expansion.  Chronic diseases kill 41 million people each year, accounting for 70% of all deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States has 34,540 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units per 100,000 inhabitants. With 55.210 units per 100,000 inhabitants, Japan had the largest number of units. The number of computed tomography (CT) scanner units in the United States was 42.430 per 100,000 inhabitants. On the other hand,  the high cost and inaccessibility of advanced treatments can limit market expansion.

The global contrast agent market is dominated by the North American region. In North America, the United States is the largest consumer market for the contrast agent. In the United States, the rise in chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular and neurological disorders is the primary driver of market growth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, 6 out of 10 adults in the country have a chronic condition, and 4 out of 10 have two or more. In the United States, chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the major causes of death and disability. They are also the main drivers of the $3.8 trillion in yearly healthcare spending in the United States.

Growth Factors:

The growing popularity of contrast agents

As the global prevalence of chronic disorders rises, the need for diagnostic imaging tests as well as contrast agents increases. Due to the growing demand for medical imaging, contrast agent companies are investing more in R&D in order to bring new products to market and gain approval for new indications. For instance, in 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed hypersensitivity to blood and blood products from the list of contraindications for GE Healthcare's Optison echocardiography contrast agent. The Siemens Naeotom Alpha, the world's first photon-counting computed tomography (CT) scanner, also received FDA approval in September.


Side-effects and lack of specialised experts

Contrast agents are not dyes that discolour internal organs permanently. They are chemicals that alter the way x-rays and other imaging tools interact with the body for a short period of time. They're generally considered safe for use in diagnostic methods like MRI and CT scans. However, some of the negative side effects and allergic reactions linked to their use may limit the market’s growth. Rashes, skin redness, and skin swelling are common delayed adverse effects, which are frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and disorientation. The reported incidence ranges from 1% to 23%. Following recent allergic reactions to certain ultrasound contrast agents that resulted in 11 cases of anaphylaxis and two fatalities, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to imaging providers in April 2021. There is also a lack of technically skilled experts to handle such advanced and sophisticated diagnostic imaging units.

COVID-19's Impact on the Global Contrast Agent Market

The COVID-19 outbreak had a detrimental impact on the contrast agent's market. Lockdowns imposed due to the pandemic prompted fewer patients to go for health check-ups, severely straining the healthcare industry. To restrict the spread of the disease and save healthcare resources for COVID-19 patients, healthcare institutes and professionals were instructed to stop performing elective surgical operations and medical tests. As a result, the volume of medical imaging patients in many radiology departments rapidly declined.

Competitive  insight

  • April 2021 - A tumour-targeting contrast agent was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which might help doctors diagnose aggressive prostate cancer on an MRI scan.
  • February 2021 - the 20-vial pack format of Lumason, an ultrasound contrast agent, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • February 2021 - ExEm® Foam ((air polymer-type A) intrauterine foam), the only FDA-approved contrast agent for ultrasonography tubal patency testing, was launched at selected fertility centres across the US.
  • December 2020 -  Bracco Diagnostics Inc.'s ProHance® (Gadoteridol) Injection, 279.3 mg/mL was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for intravenous use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in paediatric patients under the age of two.

Market Segmentation

By Type

  • Iodinated
  • Barium-based
  • Microbubble
  • Gadolinium-based

By Modality

  • X-ray/CT
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound

By Route of Administration

  • Intravascular
  • Oral
  • Rectal
  • Others

By Indication

  • Oncology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Nephrological Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Others

By Geography

  • Introduction
  • North America
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Others
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • France
  • UK
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Others
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • South Africa
  • Others
  • Asia Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Others
Frequently Asked Questions about the Global Contrast Agent Market

What is the estimated value of the Global Contrast Agent Market?

The Global Contrast Agent Market was estimated to be valued at $3.01 billion in 2020.

What is the growth rate of the Global Contrast Agent Market?

The growth rate of the Global Contrast Agent Market is 6.7%, with an estimated value of $4.75 billion by 2027.

What is the forecasted size of the Global Contrast Agent Market?

The Global Contrast Agent Market is estimated to be worth $4.75 billion by 2027.

Who are the key companies in the Global Contrast Agent Market?

Key companies in the Global Contrast Agent Market include Guerbet Group, BIPSO GmbH, Bayer AG, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., Bracco Diagnostic, Inc., GE Healthcare, Curadel, LLC, Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited, Magnus Health and Spago Nanomedical AB.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2. Research Methodology2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3. Executive Summary3.1. Research Highlights

4. Market Dynamics4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5. Global Contrast Agent Market Analysis, by Type5.1. Introduction
5.2. Iodinated
5.3. Barium-based
5.4. Microbubble
5.5. Gadolinium-based

6. Global Contrast Agent Market Analysis, by Modality6.1. Introduction
6.2. X-ray/CT
6.3. MRI
6.4. Ultrasound

7. Global Contrast Agent Market Analysis, by Route of Administration7.1. Introduction
7.2. Intravascular
7.3. Oral
7.4. Rectal
7.5. Others

8. Global Contrast Agent Market Analysis, by Indication8.1. Introduction
8.2. Oncology
8.3. Cardiovascular Disease
8.4. Neurological Disorders
8.5. Gastrointestinal Disorders
8.6. Nephrological Disorders
8.7. Musculoskeletal Disorders
8.8. Others

9. Global Contrast Agent Market Analysis, by Geography9.1. Introduction
9.2. North America
9.2.1. USA
9.2.2. Canada
9.2.3. Mexico
9.3. South America
9.3.1. Brazil
9.3.2. Argentina
9.3.3. Others
9.4. Europe
9.4.1. Germany
9.4.2. France
9.4.3. UK
9.4.4. Italy
9.4.5. Spain
9.4.6. Others
9.5. Middle East and Africa
9.5.1. Saudi Arabia
9.5.2. UAE
9.5.3. South Africa
9.5.4. Others
9.6. Asia Pacific
9.6.1. China
9.6.2. India
9.6.3. Japan
9.6.4. South Korea
9.6.5. Taiwan
9.6.6. Thailand
9.6.7. Indonesia
9.6.8. Others

10. Competitive Environment and Analysis10.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
10.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
10.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
10.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

11. Company Profiles 11.1. Guerbet Group
11.2. BIPSO GmbH
11.3. Bayer AG
11.4. Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
11.5. Bracco Diagnostic, Inc.
11.6. GE Healthcare
11.7. Curadel, LLC
11.8. Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
11.9. Magnus Health
11.10. Spago Nanomedical AB

Companies Mentioned

  • Guerbet Group
  • BIPSO GmbH
  • Bayer AG
  • Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
  • Bracco Diagnostic, Inc.
  • GE Healthcare
  • Curadel, LLC
  • Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
  • Magnus Health
  • Spago Nanomedical AB