January 18, 2012 05:08 ET

Market Research: Fusion Technology to Increase Adoption Rates of Hybrid Imaging Systems

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - Jan 18, 2012) - has announced the addition of the new report "Diagnostic Imaging Market to 2017 - Fusion Technology to Increase Adoption Rates of Hybrid Imaging Systems," to their collection of Medical Imaging market reports. For more information, visit

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of Biograph mMR from Siemens has given the diagnostic imaging industry its first Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (PET-MRI) system. This trend of fusion of two different modalities will continue to evolve and experts in the diagnostic imaging field feel that it will be the mainstay of imaging in the coming years. Positron Emission Tomography and Computed Tomography (PET-CT) was one of the first outcomes of hybrid technology and has been successfully integrated into radiology. Radiologists have seen tremendous value in combining PET and CT and are using the hybrid modality for diagnosis and treatment planning for radiation therapy. The advantages of combining two different modalities have been manifold. PET-CT has been adopted across the globe due to its advantages in imaging anatomy as well as the physiology of the organs; this has been extremely useful in the imaging of tumors as well as in cardiac imaging.

With the Biograph mMR, Siemens was able to bring together a compact MR system with specialized PET detectors. The PET-MRI system has a 3 Tesla MR that provides the morphological and functional details of human tissue; and PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism.

The demand for diagnostic imaging in emerging countries will compensate for the saturated market conditions in the US and European region. The diagnostic imaging market in the developed countries is a mature market and growth of this market is reaching stagnancy. The economic recession faced by these markets also contributes to the lack of growth. In such a situation, demand generated for diagnostic imaging equipment is less in the developed countries; hospitals either put off making any decisions to acquire new equipment or simply decide not to install equipment.

The emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil, are witnessing a high growth rate in the diagnostic imaging market. The demand for diagnostic imaging equipment will compensate for the low demand in the developed markets. China, with its huge healthcare reforms, is surging ahead as far as new installations are concerned. The healthcare reform plan in China involves building about 30,000 hospitals, mostly in rural areas; these will need new diagnostic imaging equipment. In India, increasing affordability and the establishment of new hospitals in urban areas is creating additional demand for diagnostic imaging equipment. In India, there is a high demand for fast, economical, sophisticated and convenient modern technology. Brazil and China are fast gaining ground as production centers for diagnostic imaging equipment. The importance of emerging markets in the diagnostic imaging market is reflected in the fact that industry giants such as GE Healthcare, Siemens and Philips have all set base in China, India and Brazil and have started production and Research and Development (R&D) centers in these countries. These companies are shifting their focus from the developed countries to emerging countries. They are introducing economically priced products to tap the potential of these markets. As well as introducing low-priced products, companies are also manufacturing diagnostic imaging equipment in China, India and Brazil for local and global use.

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