There has been a significant process in the file of coronary imaging in the past decade. The non-fluoroscopic intracardiac imaging is increasingly used to guide interventional electrophysiology therapeutic procedures. This is primarily due to the advantage of real-time, direct observation and improved procedure guidance that the intracardiac imaging devices offer over the fluoroscopy methods.
Minimally invasive and transcatheter procedures are becoming more complex, this increased the demand for more detailed anatomical imaging. Devices such as intracardiac echo, thransthoracic echo, intravascular ultrasound and optical coherence tomography are some of the devices that are seeing increased use for detailed navigation procedures and to reduce radiation dose from use of angiographic fluoroscopy procedures such as intraventional valve placement, cardiac tumor ablation, coronary stent and imaging among others.
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These devices are often used to form 3D and 4D images with higher details. One of the main focus of players in the intracardiac imaging market is to develop high definition images of the internal structures of the heart. Some of the key products include, iLab Ultrasound Imaging System, Vivid, Acuson X300 Ultrasound System, ViewMate Z Ultrasound Console, Acist, Polaris Imaging System and C7XR and Ilumien among others. Specialized catheters are also available for each of these systems such as, VIewFlex PLUS ICE catheter, AcuNav 8 French, AcuNav 10 French, Atlantis ICE, Ultra ICE, Ocelot, Kodama, OptiCross IVUS, and TVC Insight.
Intracardiac imaging Market: Drivers and Restraints
Increase in cardiovascular diseases, reduced risk of exposure to radiation, increase in adoption of interventional technology, rise in number of interventional cardiology procedures, favorable remburesments, increase in number of cath labs and cardiac imaging procedures are some of the factors that drive the growth of the intracardiac imaging market. However, highly regulated and stringent approval process of devices, high cost of the device and accessories, high cost of procedure are some of the factors that may hinder the growth of the intracardiac imaging market through the forecast period.
Intracardiac imaging Market: Segmentation
The global Intracardiac imaging market is segmented by product type, end users and region:
Based on the product type, the global Intracardiac imaging market is segmented into:
- Intracardiac Echo
- Transthoracic Echo
- Transesophageal (TEE) imaging
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
- Optical coherence tomography (OCT)
Based on the end user, the global Intracardiac imaging market is segmented into:
- Diagnostics Imaging Centers
- Cath Labs
- Academic and Research Institutes
Intracardiac imaging Market: Overview
The intracardiac imaging market is a relatively new market. Most of the technologies in the intracardiac imaging market are Ultrasound based. The adoption of intracardiac imaging is expected to increase significantly through the forecast period owing to favorable reimbursements, and advantages over the current interventional radiology procedures such as reduced unnecessary radiation exposure. However there are not many players in the intracardiac imaging market primarily due to the stringent approval process of devices across the world. A number of small companies are also key players in the intracardiac imaging market.
Intracardiac imaging Market: Regional Outlook
North America and Europe is expected to lead the Intracardiac imaging market owing to the rise in adoption of interventional technology, and increased research funding in the region. Increased cardiovascular diseases in the developed nations is one of the factors that drive the growth of the Intracardiac imaging market in North America and Europe Regions. Asia pacific, is expected to have a significant growth rate due to the rise in ageing population and increase in number of cardiovascular diseases, as well as rising healthcare spending and increase in number of interventional procedures in the region.
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Intracardiac imaging Market: Key Players
Some of the Key players in the Intracardiac imaging market include, Boston Scientific, GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, Acist Medical Systems, InfraReDx Inc, Avinger and St. Jude Medical.