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Global CT market to hit $5.1 billion in four years: report

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | December 22, 2014
The global CT market hit $3.9 billion in 2013 but is expected to grow by 5.5 percent to $5.1 billion in 2018, according to a new Kalorama Information report. The combination of product enhancements and the need to cut radiation dose levels is fueling the market.

Advancements in CT computer technology have made the systems much faster, which has in turn greatly improved patient comfort. Some manufacturers have also increased the systems' slices per rotation to 64, 128 and even 256.

There have been improvements in stability - the gantries are now stronger and can support obese patients. The scanners can also generate higher-resolution images now, which are helping physicians make more accurate diagnoses.
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Low-dose has been a concern for several years now but the impending XR-29 legislation will continue to boost innovation and new model sales, according to Bruce Carlson, publisher of Kalorama. "In general, the awareness and need to comply with low-dose requirements has driven improvements, but also the need simply for better imaging," he wrote to DOTmed News.

He added that it will put into law many of the goals hospitals are demanding and manufacturers have been addressing with the systems, including exposure control.

A few products in particular have gained a lot of interest from hospitals lately including GE Healthcare's Revolution and Siemens Healthcare's Force, which both received 510(k) FDA clearance in April. Philips Healthcare and Toshiba America Medical Systems are also major players in the market.

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