Global Medical X-Ray Detectors Market 2021
The global medical X-Ray detectors market witnessed a valuation of $2,167 million in 2022, and it is expected to reach $3,702 million by the end of 2032, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.50% during the forecast period of 2022-2032. This market growth is primarily driven by factors such as the increasing prevalence of fractures and spinal injuries, advancements in X-Ray detector technology, and the utilization of new-age materials for improved development and dose management.
The medical imaging industry is experiencing steady growth due to the rising incidence of chronic diseases that necessitate early and accurate diagnosis. Various imaging modalities, including X-Ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET), are available for diagnostic purposes across a wide range of diseases.
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X-Ray, in particular, is widely employed in diagnosing conditions in various clinical areas, such as oncology, orthopedics, cardiovascular, surgical, and dental fields. Its affordability, simplicity, and lower radiation dose compared to other imaging techniques contribute to its popularity.
A typical X-Ray system consists of an X-Ray generator and an imaging detector. Traditional X-Ray imaging involved the use of photographic plates and film. However, advancements in medical imaging led to the development of computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) technologies.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the rescheduling of non-essential diagnostic tests and procedures. The impact on medical devices is complex due to the limited surgeries during this period. Prior to the pandemic, X-Ray detectors were predominantly used in hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic facilities. However, travel restrictions and concerns regarding virus transmission led to a decline in diagnostic tests and procedures.
As the recovery phase from the COVID-19 pandemic begins, it is anticipated that diagnostic tests and treatment procedures will gradually return to normal levels.
The drivers for the global medical X-Ray detectors market include the growing demand for X-Ray examinations in acute injuries, technological advancements in X-Ray detectors, and the use of new-age materials for improved spatial resolution and dose management.
However, the market is expected to face limitations due to challenges such as the low rate of digitalization in emerging economies and the high cost of implementing X-Ray detectors in emerging companies.
Despite these challenges, the global medical X-Ray detectors market is poised for growth, driven by the increasing need for accurate diagnostic imaging and ongoing technological advancements.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including product, application, modalities, module type, end user, and region.
Segmentation by Product
Charge-Coupled Device Detectors
Computed Radiography Detectors
Segmentation by Application
Segmentation by Modalities
Segmentation by Module Type
New Digital X-Ray Systems
Retrofit X-Ray Systems
Segmentation by End User
Hospitals and Clinics
Segmentation by Region
North America – U.S., Canada
Europe – Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, and Rest-of-Europe
Asia-Pacific – China, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific
Latin America – Brazil, Mexico, and Rest-of-Latin America
Middle East and Africa – U.A.E, K.S.A, South Africa, and Rest-of-Middle East and Africa
The advancements in technology have resulted in a significant shift in X-Ray detector technology from CCD and CR detectors to flat-panel detectors (FPDs). FPDs are predominantly utilized in digital radiography (DR) X-Ray systems. With the CMS initiative to promote the transition from CR to DR technology, FPDs are expected to experience significant growth from 2022 to 2032. The global medical X-Ray detectors market is divided into various product types, with the flat-panel detectors segment projected to have the highest incremental opportunity of $1,485 million during the forecast period.
In an X-Ray system, an imaging detector is combined with an X-Ray generator. Flat-panel detectors (FPDs) in X-Ray systems consist of a sensitive pixel array containing a photodiode and a switch. The photodiode converts the X-Ray into an electric signal, which is then converted to digital outputs using thin-film transistors (TFTs) and displayed as images on a monitor. FPDs are commonly used in medical diagnostic imaging to visualize internal body organs clearly due to the varying X-Ray attenuation characteristics of different organs.
The global medical X-Ray detectors market is segmented based on different types of static and dynamic applications. The medical applications segment is expected to generate the highest incremental opportunity of $1,180 million from 2022 to 2032. X-Ray detectors find numerous applications in the medical field, including oncology, orthopedic, and surgical imaging.
Static imaging refers to capturing a single image of a specific structure. Static images are typically obtained from different angles of a body part or organ with low radiation exposure. Unlike static imaging, digital motion X-Ray allows real-time imaging of a patient in motion. The cost-effectiveness of static imaging makes it a preferred choice when only a simple static image is required. However, it cannot be used for patients with symptoms such as whiplash, concussion, or neck injury.
Portable detectors are particularly beneficial when it is challenging to move patients to imaging sites, such as nursing homes or intensive care units (ICUs). On the other hand, fixed X-Ray detectors are suitable for large healthcare institutions like hospitals that have dedicated radiology or imaging departments. The portable detectors segment is expected to have an incremental opportunity of $796 million during the forecast period, followed by the fixed detectors segment at $739 million.
The new digital X-Ray systems segment is projected to create the highest incremental opportunity of $915 million from 2022 to 2032, followed by the retrofit X-Ray systems segment at $620 million. Healthcare institutions or research centers that aim to expand their business often choose new X-Ray equipment to build a new imaging facility. Installing a new X-Ray imaging system offers benefits such as using the latest digital equipment, complete digitization, and designing a customized room according to specific requirements.
Hospitals and clinics are expected to generate the highest incremental opportunity of $1,039 million from 2022 to 2032. Hospitals typically have dedicated radiography departments with a wide range of imaging equipment, including X-Rays. Many hospitals have upgraded their older computed radiography (CR) systems to newer digital radiology (DR) technology to take advantage of its benefits. Operating rooms in hospitals commonly use C-arms for X-Ray technology. Additionally, clinics with smaller radiology departments have played a crucial role in reducing the burden and aiding in timely diagnosis, especially for acute injuries and fractures. By providing access to advanced medical imaging equipment like X-ray detectors, clinics contribute to accurate and efficient diagnoses while relieving pressure on larger hospitals and medical facilities.
North America and Europe have technologically advanced healthcare systems and strong government support for low-cost and low-radiation diagnostic systems. These regions possess the largest market share in the global medical X-Ray detectors market. On the other hand, regions like Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa are expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period due to factors such as increasing demand for X-Ray examinations and advancements in X-Ray imaging technology.
North America accounts for the largest share in the global medical X-Ray detectors market, attributed to factors like a technologically advanced healthcare system and growing demand for imaging modalities. The region, comprising the U.S. and Canada, is home to multiple well-established companies that drive its growth. North America is projected to remain at the forefront of innovation in the global medical X-Ray detectors market from 2022 to 2032.
Key companies profiled in this report include Agfa-Gevaert Group, Analogic Corporation, Canon Inc., Carestream Health Inc., Detection Technology Plc., DRTECH, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., iRay Technology, KA Imaging Inc., Konica Minolta, Inc., Rayence, Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, Trixell, Varex Imaging Corporation.
Recent Industry Developments
In February 2022, KA Imaging Inc. obtained a license for the Reveal 35C dual-energy X-Ray detector, allowing it to be sold in the Taiwan market.
In May 2022, EXAMION and Systemhaus GmbH & Co. KG formed a partnership to enhance their product offerings in the future. This collaboration highlights both companies’ expertise in the healthcare sector and their commitment to delivering added value to customers.
In May 2021, KA Imaging partnered with Alpha Imaging in the U.S., enabling hospitals, medical facilities, and practices in 14 states to acquire the Reveal 35C through Alpha Imaging.
In March 2021, Carestream Health Inc. introduced the Lux 35 detector, a lightweight and glass-free medical detector that utilizes cesium technology.
In August 2020, Carestream Health Inc. launched a new digital radiography detector in the United States and Canada.
In April 2019, Varex Imaging Corporation acquired Direct Conversion, a manufacturer of linear array digital detectors, as part of their strategy to expand their product portfolio.
In December 2018, Detection Technology Plc. acquired MultiX technology, thereby expanding its technological capabilities and strengthening its position in security, industrial, and medical X-Ray imaging.
Key Questions Answered
What are the significant market drivers, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the global medical X-Ray detectors market?
What are the emerging trends that are being observed within the global medical X-Ray detectors market?
What is the growth potential of the global medical X-Ray detectors market in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa?
What are the unmet needs within the market, and how is ongoing research and development addressing them?
What is the current trend in patent filings within the global medical X-Ray detectors market?
What is the market segmentation based on different product types within the industry?
How has the global medical X-Ray detectors market been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
What is the market segmentation based on different modalities within the industry?
What is the market segmentation based on different module types within the industry?
What is the market segmentation based on different end users within the industry?