Computed Tomography (CT) Scanners: A Global Strategic Business Report
San Jose, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 20, 2011
Computed tomography (CT) is an X-ray based technology that generates cross-sectional images of the anatomy. Initially introduced in 1973 for head scanning, CT was later adopted for whole body scanning in 1975. The CT market over the years has undergone a metamorphosis with new and sophisticated technologies replacing the obsolete ones. Intense competition and the resultant higher R&D expenditure resulted in slice-wars in the CT scanner market, with manufacturers competing with each other to introduce higher slice CTs. As a result, the year 2007 marked the launch of industry’s first 256 slice CT scanners from Philips, which was quickly followed by Toshiba Medical Systems’ Aquilion ONE 320-slice CT scanner. In 2010, the European Scanning Centre unveiled the Aquilion ONE CT 640 slice scanner, the most advanced scanner in the world.
The latest generation of high-slice CT scanners offers faster imaging and larger imaging area compared to the former counterparts. With the introduction of such advanced multi-slice CT scanners, the slice wars seem to have gradually toned down and vendors as well as manufacturers are currently focusing on fundamental application challenges such as functional imaging with organ perfusion and tissue characterization, dose management, dual energy techniques, and advanced visualization, as stated by the new market research report on Computed Tomography Scanners. The emergence of these new differentiating factors has led to a decline in the importance of other competitive factors such as price and service. Dental treatment stream has evolved into an emerging application market for CT. Another key trend evident in the CT segment is the shift towards combination scanners, with positron emission tomographs (PET)-CT devices being the first hybrid scanner.
The US, Japan and Europe have the highest installed base of CT scanners worldwide. With the ongoing phase out of single-slice scanners, multi-slice CT scanners have emerged as the standard protocol in recent years. Developing countries across the world, led by the BRIC nations, are emerging as lucrative markets for CT scanners. Rapid economic development and increased focus on healthcare initiatives by governments is resulting in a boom in the number of CT scanners being installed in these countries. The Asia-Pacific represents the largest market for single-slice CT scanners.
Competition in the imaging modalities market is intense. GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, Toshiba Medical Systems, and Philips Healthcare, are the four major CT scanner manufacturers dominating the global CT scanner landscape. Apart from the above four, other players profiled in the report include Hitachi Medical Corporation and Shimadzu Medical Systems.
The research report titled “Computed Tomography (CT) Scanners: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., presents incisive insights into major market dynamics, trends, issues, and competition pertaining to the market. The report enumerates recent product introductions/innovations, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activity. Detailed analysis is presented for established and emerging markets including the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America for the period 2001-2015.
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