Global Mobile Imaging Services Market: Snapshot
The global mobile imaging services market has been growing at a steady pace from the last few years; however, earlier it was restricted to Europe and the U.S. markets. A significant rise in the number of procedures performed using mobile imaging services is one of the vital factors propelling the global mobile imaging services market. The high growth of this market can be attributed to the tremendously rising population and substantial rise in prevalence of disorders, including renal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and neurological disorders. In addition, the improved access to diagnostic imaging in most of the emerging nations with the help of rising awareness and government initiatives are projected to encourage the growth of the overall market in the next few years.
As per the research study, in 2013, the global market for mobile imaging services was worth US$10.7 bn and is predicted to reach a value of US$13.3 bn by the end of 2020. The market is estimated to register a 3.20% CAGR between 2014 and 2020.
Implementation of Mobile Imaging Services in Hospital to Encourage High Growth
The growing demand for vehicle-bound mobile imaging units, owing to their several advantages over fixed imaging equipment is one of the vital factors anticipated to encourage the growth of the global mobile imaging services market in the next few years. In addition, the rising adoption of mobile imaging units in hospitals is expected to generate lucrative opportunities for key players operating in the global market. On the other hand, the requirement of frequent maintenance for mobile imaging modalities and the high cost of transportation are anticipated to restrict the growth of the global mobile imaging services market in the coming years. Nevertheless, the advent of advanced mobile MRI options in the healthcare sector that offers a lower cost alternative for implementation of cutting edge technology is expected to contribute towards the development of the global market.
On the basis of type, the global market for mobile imaging services has been classified into bone densitometry, x-ray, mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, computed tomography, and positron emission tomography/ computed tomography. Among these segments, in 2013, the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) led the global market and was worth US$3,740.6 mn. This segment is projected to remain in the leading position throughout the forecast period and reach a value of US$4,737.9 mn by the end of 2020, registering a 3.50% CAGR between 2014 and 2020.
North America to Remain Dominant in Global Mobile Imaging Services Market
From a geographical perspective, in 2013, North America led the global mobile imaging services market and is expected to remain in the leading position in the next few years, further followed by Europe. These two regions are anticipated to account for a key share of the global market in the near future. The high growth of North America can be attributed to the high-profit margins for mobile imaging service providers in the U.S. As per the study, North America is projected to reach a value of US$12,673.2 mn by the end of 2020, exhibiting a 3.20% CAGR between 2014 and 2020. On the other hand, the untapped opportunities in several developing economies are estimated to encourage the growth of the mobile imaging services market in Asia Pacific.
Some of the prominent players operating in the mobile imaging services market across the globe are Interim Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., Accurate Imaging, Inc., Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Nuffield Health, Cobalt Imaging Center, VanScan Ltd., Jacksonville Mobile Imaging, Inc., Axiom Mobile Imaging, Front Range Mobile Imaging, Alliance Healthcare Services, DMS Health Technologies, and Inhealth Group Limited.
The importance of medical imaging systems is growing day by day owing to their increasing applications in the field of neurology, cardiology and in women\'s health. This is also increasing burden on the service providers who are dependent on their fixed imaging modalities, thus arising the need for the mobile medical imaging systems. Mobile imaging services are technologically identical to fixed imaging systems, albeit with some physical differences. The mobile imaging systems are designed to be installed in large vans/trailers that operate as mobile scanning rooms and can be taken to various sites offering extended care. These mobile trailers are outfitted with operator workstations, proper magnetic shielding, and other peripherals for suitable operation. Imaging modalities like mammography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and now even positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) are the ones that are used in the mobile trailers in addition to some of the non-imaging modalities such as cardiac catheterization and lithotripsy units. These outsourced radiology imaging services are majorly concentrated in the U.S. and to some extent in Europe. Hospitals largely contribute in adopting these mobile vehicles on rent for a short period of time and accordingly perform procedures on patients.
This report studies the global market for mobile imaging services encompassing service type, end-users and geography. Service type segment includes X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound, PET/CT, bone densitometry and mammography. Major end-users in mobile imaging services market comprise hospitals and private clinics, home healthcare service providers, rehabilitation centers, geriatric care and hospice agencies, sports organizations, military institutions and prisons. Each of these segments and sub-segments has been analyzed in detail from market trends, recent developments, future outlook and opportunities, and various service providers. The report provides market size in terms of USD million for each segment for the period 2012 to 2020, considering the macro and micro environmental factors. In addition, the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of the overall mobile imaging services market and the segments has also been provided in the report for the forecast period 2014 to 2020, considering 2012 and 2013 as the base years. This report includes an elaborate executive summary, which covers a market snapshot representing key findings from the study.
Geographically, the mobile imaging services market has been classified into four regions namely, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW). The market size and forecast for each of these regions along with CAGR for the forecast period from 2014 to 2020 have also been provided in the report. A detailed qualitative analysis of the major factors determining market dynamics such as drivers, restraints and opportunities, along with the market attractiveness analysis are discussed in the market overview section of the mobile imaging services market report. The study on mobile imaging services suggests a list of recommendations for new companies willing to enter the market and for existing companies to accentuate shares, which is likely to help in the decision-making process. Heat map analysis has also been provided for various mobile imaging service providers in this market.
The study is a robust combination of primary and secondary research. Primary research formed the bulk of our research efforts with information collected from telephonic interviews and interaction via e-mails. Secondary research involved study of company websites, annual reports, press releases, stock analysis presentations, and various international and national databases for patents, clinical trials, demographics, disease incidence/prevalence, etc. The key players operating in the mobile imaging services market are Alliance Healthcare Services, Accurate Imaging, Inc., Axiom Mobile Imaging, Cobalt Imaging Center, Center for Diagnostic Imaging, DMS Health Technologies, Inhealth Group Limited, Front Range Mobile Imaging, Interim Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., Nuffield Health, Jacksonville Mobile Imaging, Inc., and VanScan Ltd.
The global mobile imaging services market is segmented as follows:
Mobile Imaging Services Market, by Type
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Computed Tomography
- Positron Emission Tomography/ Computed Tomography
- Bone Densitometry
Mobile Imaging Services Market, by End-users
- Hospitals and Private Clinics
- Home Healthcare Service Providers
- Rehabilitation Centers, Geriatric Care and Hospice Agencies
- Sports Organizations
- Others (Military Institutions, Prisons)
Mobile Imaging Services Market, by Geography
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World