Handheld Imaging Devices to Play Crucial Role in Identification of Patients with Cardiac Diseases

Handheld imaging devices have evolved from the increasing trend of constant miniaturization of ultrasound technology. Numerous medical specialties have benefitted from this trend, particularly gynecology and cardiology. The drive gained strength from the need for increasing the accessibility and availability of the imaging technology among patient populations. Ultrasound, unarguably, fill a crucial space between diagnosis and prognosis of diseases. However, technological advances in ultrasonography, or high-end ultrasound systems as they typically are called, have been relegated to just specialized hospital wards. The advent of handheld imaging devices changed that, and is poised to open a new paradigm in imaging modality.

Portability and Affordability Key Aspects

Growing relevance of handheld imaging devices in emergency care and to supplement ward-based imaging modalities used in ultrasonography is boosting the market. Handheld devices have gathered traction in echocardiography, particularly for the detection of key cardiovascular pathology. Portability and affordability are the key aspects that have driven their uptake among clinicians at the point of care for various applications, including abdominal, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and fetal.

Growing Popularity of Multimodal Imaging in Medical Specialties Reflects Well on Prospects

Over the past few years, portable X-ray systems have attracted the medical fraternity for use in emergency services. Fully battery-powered X-ray systems have found significant use in healthcare facilities in remote facilities. X-ray systems are expected to gain popularity in dental procedures. The trend toward their mainstreaming in dentistry clinics is opening substantial, lucrative avenues for manufacturers. To a great extent, the demand has been propelled by the demand for ultrasonography in patients who might have oral cancer. Handheld devices uptake has thrived on the growing use of multimodal imaging technologies for diverse range of disease conditions, particularly cardiac disorders.

Advances in software and data analytics have helped optimize patient benefits of handheld imaging devices. Recently, this has been particularly relevant to cardiac imaging.

However, all said and done, the image quality and performance relative to larger ultrasound devices are key challenges. Nonetheless, handheld imaging devices continue to grow in popularity, reason having to do with their ease of deployment in healthcare systems. In developing countries, handheld imaging devices have emerged as a useful tool for the screening of cardiac pathology, most notably rheumatic heart diseases. In coming years, handheld imaging devices will continue to replace conventional MRI systems in various applications of ultrasonography.

Optical Imaging Devices Gathers Steam Among Clinicians

Among all the product segments, optical imaging devices hold a major share by the end of 2027. This has enabled clinicians address specialized needs of patients. They fare well with high-end ultrasound systems, irrespective of their use in hospitals or outpatient settings, such as among those who have been hospitalized.

During the course of period, handheld imaging devices have shown comparable efficacy in fatty liver diseases and parenchymal liver damage. Meanwhile, dermatological examinations have found to be key area where handheld imaging devices have used. Benefits of cost-efficiency and the role in enhancing the workflows are catalyzing the demand for such devices among dermatologists.

Advent of multispectral digital imaging technology in dermatology has unlocked a new prospect for revenue generation for market players. In near future, the demand is expected to spike in this application. The ease of accessing handheld imaging devices at the point of care, such as the office of the physician, has one of the key aspects catalyzing their uptake among clinicians.

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