Prostate Health Ultrasound Procedures May Not be Performed by Urologists in United States: Purchasing and Procedure Trends for Ultrasound Imaging Technology

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According to a new report by iData Research, the U.S. market for urology ultrasounds systems is stable and was valued at more than $40 million in 2014 due to slow increases in both unit sales and average selling prices.

“A large majority of urological procedures, such as abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans, are performed by radiologists."

March 12, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – According to a new report published by iData Research (, urological ultrasound procedures make up over 30% of all ultrasound procedures in the United States. Due to the wide variety of organs and anatomical spaces included in the definition of urological ultrasound procedures, many specialties of physicians and technicians perform urological ultrasounds. Only a small percentage of all urological ultrasound procedures were performed by urologists, whereas a majority were performed by diagnostic radiologists, cardiologists, during vascular surgery, as well as at independent diagnostic testing facilities.

“Urologists are not generally trained in ultrasound techniques, and urology departments do not typically have large budgets for ultrasound equipment,” explains Dr. Kamran Zamanian, CEO of iData. “A large majority of urological procedures, such as abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scans, are performed by radiologists. But, almost all of these procedures are performed in an office setting.”

The main procedure performed in urology offices is the endorectal prostate ultrasound. But in hospitals or ambulatory service centers, it is much more common for urologists to perform transperineal or transrectal prostate biopsies with ultrasound guidance, depending on the type of anesthesia needed. The most common urological ultrasound procedures are guidance for needle placement, pelvic and retroperitoneal or transrectal scans.

Transducer Purchases Strongly Affect Selling Prices
Due to the high volume of endorectal prostate exams in urology settings in the U.S., urology ultrasound systems are highly specialized. The market for surgery ultrasound imaging equipment consists of devices sold with specially designed transducers that are placed directly onto a patient’s internal organs during surgery.

There is a lot of variation in the number of transducers purchased with an ultrasound system in urology. The number of transducers purchased depends on the variety of applications for which the system will be used. Depending on the number of transducers, the cost of a urology ultrasound system can vary by USD $20,000.

Leading competitors in the U.S. urology ultrasound equipment market include Hitachi Aloka, Analogic and GE Healthcare.

For Further Information
More on the markets for ultrasound imaging equipment in the U.S. can be found in this 2015 edition report published by iData entitled U.S. Market for Ultrasound Imaging Equipment, which covers the U.S. as a whole, as well as market segments for radiology, cardiology, breast, urology, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, vascular, ophthalmic, and point of care ultrasound equipment.

Full iData reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment.

Register online or email us at info(at)idataresearch(dot)net for an U.S. Market for Ultrasound Imaging Equipment report brochure and synopsis.

About Procedure Tracker
Procedure number data is available from iData’s Procedure Tracker service, which allows subscribers to define and analyze procedure data segmented by State, region, hospital, surgery centre, and physician. A customizable dashboard sorts procedure data for further analysis and research.

About iData Research
iData Research ( is an international market research and consulting group focused on providing market intelligence for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. iData covers research in: Diabetes Drugs, Diabetes Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Anesthesiology, Wound Management, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Ophthalmics, Endoscopy, Gynecology, Urology and more.

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