Medical facilities, as well as the residential and private sectors, can benefit from direct X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), and ultrasound services provided by a mobile imaging service. The process of making visual representations of the interior of a body for clinical study and medical intervention, as well as visual representations of the activity of specific organs or tissues, is known as medical imaging (physiology). The goal of medical imaging is to detect and cure disease. It has a well-established database of normal anatomy and physiology that allows abnormalities to be detected. The healthcare landscape is constantly evolving as a result of mobile medical imaging technologies. Because of the growing elderly population and the worrying rise in chronic illness prevalence, mobile imaging solutions are gaining traction. Furthermore, the advancement of digital radiography and the widespread usage of picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) have aided the adoption of mobile imaging solutions.
The global mobile imaging market is being driven by an increase in incidences of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and neurological disorders, as well as a rise in awareness about early disease diagnosis. Furthermore, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a beneficial impact on the medical imaging industry, as the demand for diagnostic testing of COVID-19-suspected patients has increased. Furthermore, market growth is fueled by strategic alliances and acquisitions between important firms, as well as considerable advancements in digital radiology. However, the market’s growth is likely to be limited by the high maintenance requirements of mobile imaging units, a scarcity of qualified radiologists, and the inability to move mobile imaging units between different sites due to the need for re-configuration of the modalities. Market companies, on the other hand, may focus on raising knowledge about mobile imaging services in areas where adoption is low in order to increase their market share and create profitable prospects for the mobile imaging market.
Opportunities, constraints, and drivers
The global mobile imaging market is growing due to an increase in the frequency of chronic diseases, increased awareness of early disease detection, and strategic collaborations and acquisitions. High maintenance expenses and a scarcity of qualified radiologists, on the other hand, limit market expansion. However, advancements in digital radiology will open up new options in the future years.
With the growth in demand for diagnostic testing of Covid-19-suspected patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for various mobile imaging services such as CT scanning and X-ray has increased dramatically.
In response to rising demand for diagnosis, manufacturers boosted manufacturing volumes of mobile imaging devices such as the DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile X-ray System and the DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System.
During the projected period, the X-ray segment is expected to maintain its leadership position.
The X-ray segment held the greatest share of the global mobile imaging market in 2020, accounting for almost one-third of the market, and is likely to maintain this position throughout the forecast period. This is due to increased demand for mobile X-ray systems, an increase in the number of hospitals and diagnostic centres, advances in digital technology, lower prices than other modalities, and an increase in the incidence of injuries and diseases. However, due to an increase in the frequency of breast cancer among women, the mammography category is expected to grow at the quickest rate of 9.3% from 2021 to 2030.
The mobile imaging services market consists of sales of mobile imaging services to medical facilities, homes, and businesses by entities (organisations, sole traders, and partnerships) that provide imaging services such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and nuclear imaging directly to medical facilities, homes, and businesses.
Imaging services can be delivered to patients with location or cost constraints using mobile equipment. X-rays, EKGs, and ultrasounds are provided to medical facilities, homes, and companies via mobile imaging services. It is typically less expensive and faster than third-party choices, and it can assist overburdened in-house imaging departments.
In 2020, the mobile imaging services market in North America was the largest.
In the mobile imaging services sector, strategic collaborations and acquisitions are a common trend. To generate innovations and stay competitive, major companies in the mobile imaging services market are relying on collaborations and acquisitions.
For example, GE Healthcare and University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center cooperated in July 2020 to develop a new AI-based mobile X-Ray system that incorporates Critical Care Suite, the first on-device artificial intelligence (AI) platform for detecting and prioritising collapsed lungs. Furthermore, in August 2019, Koninklijke Philips purchased Carestream Health Healthcare Information Systems (HCIS), demonstrating the company’s commitment to provide industry-leading medical imaging and healthcare IT solutions.
In the projected future, the increased prevalence of chronic diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders, and cardiovascular diseases is expected to drive the mobile imaging services market. Chronic disease is a long-term health problem that has no known solution. These illnesses continue more than a year and necessitate ongoing medical attention or otherwise impede everyday activities.
The Mobile Imaging Services market research covers Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.