An Analysis of Mammography Equipment Market Industry Size

Mammography Equipment – A Mammography Market outlook

Mammography also known as mastography is a process of breast imaging that uses low dose x-rays (around 30 kVp) to examine the breast for diagnosis and screening to detect cancer during early stages before women experiences symptoms of cancer when it is most treatable. The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer for early symptoms such as characteristic masses or micro calcifications.

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The mammography is done through various types of mammography equipment such as dedicated mammography equipment, digital mammography systems etc. The discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Rontgen in 1895 paved the way for the mammography. The popularity of ‘‘Egan Technique” introduced by Robert Egan in late 1950s enabled physicians in detecting calcification in breast tissue that lead to usage of mammography as a screening technique across the clinics and hospitals. The emergence of digital mammography equipment in mid 2000 and thereafter led to the growth of global mammography market phenomenally.

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The mammography market value is currently worth US $1,428 million that is expected to reach US $1,920 million by the end of 2021 with a CAGR of 6.1%. The digital mammography equipment in recent years has replaced the film mammography duly classified as 2-D and 3-D imaging with the latter also known as tomosynthesis. Factors that are influencing the global mammography market trends include-

  • Rising incidences of breast cancer
  • Advancements in the breast imaging technologies
  • Rapid growth in aging population leading to detection of cancer in women above the age of 50
  • Increasing awareness among women about breast cancer resulting in early breast cancer screening
  • Increased public and private funding for the development of healthcare facilities especially for women in developing economies
  • Growing launches of low cost and technologically advanced diagnostic imaging systems in developed nations is also influencing the global mammography market trends.

Mammography Equipment Market Trends – An Overview

The mammography equipment is typically divided or segmented into 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), 2D mammography and screen film (analog) mammography.  The digital mammography has largely replaced film mammography as per the current mammography market share with the 3D mammography equipment or systems tend to be more accurate even though costing about 30% more than the 2D mammography equipment. More and more healthcare centers especially in United States are moving towards adopting tomosynthesis equipment that takes many X-rays at different angles to create a three-dimensional image of the breast with more mammography centers buying the 3D mammography equipment.

It is estimated that about 1100 of 13,500 mammography units in the United States perform tomosynthesis by using tomosynthesis equipment approved by Food and Drug Administration. In the United States, research funded by NIBIB (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) has led to the development of a dedicated breast CT scanner (dbCT) allowing radiologists to detect even minute tumors that are otherwise not visible in other types of mammography.

The mammography equipment market reach has been remarkable with better imaging capabilities due to technology becoming more widespread with the shift more inclined toward the digital technologies away from analog technologies. The technology being used in mammography is becoming more advanced ever since the Hologic’s technology began to be adapted by healthcare service providers. The use of digital mammography equipment is helping in reducing the time of examination in addition to enabling the easy transfer of information and in reducing the storage space requirements.

The Breast MRI holds the second largest share in the breast imaging market as it is equipped with providing information about the breast tissue density and breast tumor location. On geographical basis, North America is the largest market in terms of mammography equipment market industry size accounting for about 32.2% of global revenue. Factors such as high tech infrastructure, high healthcare expenditure especially in the United States of America are the primary cause of growth in the North American region.

Asia-Pacific region is slowly emerging as the fastest growing region registering a tremendous growth especially due to countries such as China, India that are attracting huge investments in the healthcare sector from across the globe. The key players or companies in mammography equipment market include – Siemens Healthcare, Philips, Toshiba Medical Systems, Samsung Medison, Hitachi Medical Corporation etc. In the coming years, further technological advances in the field of medical science would help in further boosting the mammography market.

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