Ultrasound is a medical imaging technology that involves use of high-frequency sound waves to visualize the internal body organs. The ultrasound technology is employed with the help of a probe that transfers ultrasonic sound waves of the highest frequency in the body of the patient. These ultrasonic waves are then reflected by the body organs into the probe and they are transmitted to a display machine that generates an image along with echoes. The ultrasound transducer are helpful to determine the accurate position of the object by calculating the distance from the original source echo generated by the object. Moreover, ultrasound transducer are used to observe the functioning of the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, the fetus, the liver, the gall bladder, and other organs. In addition, it is employed to examine pregnant women and conduct sonography, which can aid in therapeutic procedures and diagnostics. Ultrasound transducer systems are available in various sizes and shapes.
Increase in cases of chronic diseases, rise in the demand for minimally invasive therapies, surge in awareness about early diagnosis of diseases, and increase in the number of ultrasound diagnostic imagining procedures are anticipated to drive the ultrasound transducers market during the forecast period. Wide range of applications of ultrasound transducers and increasing demand for portable and ultraportable diagnostic ultrasound systems in the field of gynecology & obstetrics are driving the ultrasound transducers market. However, technological limitations of ultrasound transducer systems and lack of experience and skilled sonographers are major factors restraining the ultrasound transducers market.
The global ultrasound transducers market can be segmented based on type of probe, product, modality, application, and region. In terms of product, the market can be divided into therapeutic ultrasound systems and diagnostic ultrasound systems. In terms of type of probe, the market can be classified into transesophageal echocardiography transducers, convex transducers, linear transducers, phased array transducers, and endocavitary transducers. Linear transducers are widely used for different applications such as blood vessel visualization, laparoscopy, vesicular examination, and intraoperative procedures. Hence, the linear transducers segment is expected to account for a leading share of the market during the forecast period. Based on modality, the market can be segmented into handheld and portable. Based on application, the market can be segregated into cardiology, gynecology/obstetrics, vascular, radiology, urology, and others (including anesthesiology, musculoskeletal, and emergency medicine). The cardiology segment is expected to dominate the market for ultrasound transducers in the next few years, due to increasing the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, growing number of patient awareness programs, and rising geriatric population that has undergone bypass surgery.
Based on region, the global ultrasound transducers market can be segmented into: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. The market in Europe is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period, due to availability of sophisticated health care infrastructure, rising cases of chronic disorders, and increasing demand for ultrasound systems with advanced technology in the region. Presence of leading market players is a factor responsible for major share of North America in the global ultrasound transducers market. The market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period, due to rapidly growing elderly population, developing health care infrastructure for diagnosis of chronic disorders, and increasing medical needs in the region.
The global ultrasound transducers market is highly fragmented, due to presence of a large number of global as well as local players. Key players operating in the global market are Koninklijke Philips N.V, Analogic Corporation, Esaote SpA, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Hitachi, Ltd., FUJIFILM Corporation, Samsung Medison Co. Ltd., Mindray Medical International Limited, Siemens Healthcare Private Limited, and CS Medical LLC.
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