The global portable CT scan and X-ray device market are expected to reach USD 8.41 billion by 2020. Increasing demand for home healthcare, bedside imaging, and growing use of CT scan to assess the accuracy of medical implants, post interventional medical procedures and anatomical confirmation are key factors driving industry growth.

Rising prevalence of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular, dental and orthopedic disorder will also augment the growth of the market. Also, an increase in the number of medical implants surgeries owing to unhealthy lifestyle as well as growing base of geriatric population is expected to bolster demand.

The portable X-ray device were dominated by mobile X-ray machines on account of rising demand for core diagnostic and bedside imaging. These devices also eliminate the requirement for multiple radiology departments in a healthcare institution, thus promoting industry growth. The handheld X-Ray device market is poised to experience substantial growth over the forecast period owing to high maneuverability and the introduction of products such as NOMAD Pro.

Portable CT scan device market was dominated by the medium slice scanners due to high image resolution capabilities and high usage rates. Medium slice scanner accounted for over 58% of portable CT scan by technology in 2013. Digital radiography, owing to increasing demand for manufacturing filmless X-ray and PACS based radiology device, is identified as the fastest growing technology among the overall market.

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Further key findings from the study suggest:

  • North America is expected to dominate the market demand for these device over the forecast period owing to high expenditure on healthcare, reimbursement framework and sophisticated healthcare infrastructure. However, Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth, growing at a CAGR of more than 9% owing to improving healthcare infrastructure particularly in emerging economies such as China and India. In addition, the advent of technologically advanced and economical products catering to cost sensitive clientele in the region will fuel the growth of the market.
  • Supportive government regulations in Asia Pacific promoting manufacturing in the region is expected to drive demand for portable medical machines. Furthermore, low labor cost coupled with abundant tier I companies is projected to propel portable medical machines manufacturing in the region. As a result, product cost is likely to decrease over the forecast period owing to technological advancements which in turn is expected to drive demand, particularly in the emerging economies.
  • Philips Healthcare was the dominant player in the portable X-ray machines market with a market share of over 17% in 2013. Philips possessed an extensive product portfolio ranging from stationary X-ray systems to digital and portable X-ray systems. Some of the other key players in the industry are Hitachi Medical Systems and Varian Medical Systems, GE Healthcare, and Siemens Healthcare.

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