Medical digital detectors are commonly used in medical applications to diagnose diseases. Amorphous selenium (a-Se) is a photoconductive material which has proven its use in various radiation detection applications, primarily in medical mammography systems. Amorphous silicon (a-Si) digital detectors are medical devices based on the digital radiography technique. These detectors use indirect detector technique, wherein a Gadox scintillator made of cesium iodide (CsI) is utilized to capture and convert X-rays into electric current. CMOS digital detectors are much less expensive to manufacture than CCD digital detectors. Both CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) digital detectors start at the same point — these have to convert light into electrons.
The global health care industry is witnessing increase in the number of diagnostic imaging tests performed each year. This is due to rise in focus on minimally invasive diagnostic tests, surge in prevalence of chronic diseases, and other macro-economic factors such as increase in per capita health care expenditure. Higher incidence of cancer and sports injuries presents a large patient pool undergoing diagnostic imaging tests each year, especially in emerging countries. High prevalence and incidence rates of cancers, dental caries, and periodontal diseases drive the global medical digital detectors market. However, high cost of amorphous silicon (a-Si) digital detectors is likely to hamper the global medical digital detectors market in developing regions in the next few years.
The global medical digital detectors market can be segmented based on type, modality, application, and region. In terms of type, the global market can be divided into amorphous silicon (a-Si) digital detectors, amorphous selenium (a-Se), CMOS digital detectors, and CCD digital detectors. The amorphous silicon (a-Si) digital detectors segment dominated the global market in 2017 and is projected to gain market share by 2026.
In terms of modality, the global medical digital detectors market can be bifurcated into fixed/standalone and portable. Availability of new and innovative products in the market and increase in preference for portable detectors in small hospitals are anticipated to propel the portable segment from 2018 to 2026.
Based on application, the global medical digital detectors market can be categorized into cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedic, dentistry, and others. Rise in the number of dental CBCT scans performed every year, reduced image-processing time, and enhanced visual image quality are the major factors boosting the adoption of digital detectors in dental applications. Rise in awareness about breast cancer, government initiatives to encourage early detection of breast cancer and breast-related disorders, changing lifestyle leading to hormonal changes in women, and technological advancements are expected to augment the oncology segment during the forecast period.
In terms of region, the global medical digital detectors market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America dominated the global market in 2017 and is projected to gain market share by 2026. The medical digital detectors market in the region is driven by increase in the geriatric population, high adoption of digital platforms in dental care management, and increase in group dental practices in the U.S. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Japan and China dominated the medical digital detectors market in the region in 2017. However, the medical digital detectors market in India is expected to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period. Better health care infrastructure, economic growth, rise in the number of insurance payers, expanding private health care sector, and increase in awareness about diseases such as breast cancer among people are expected to boost the market in Asia Pacific in the next few years. The medical digital detectors market in Latin America and Middles East & Africa is likely to expand at a moderate CAGR from 2018 to 2026.
Key players operating in the global medical digital detectors market include FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, Varex Imaging Corporation, Thales-Trixell, Carestream Healthcare, Inc., Konica Minolta, Inc., Rayence, Inc., Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Shanghai iRay Electronic Technology Co. Ltd., dpiX LLC, and Yasu Medical Imaging Technology Co., Ltd.
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