A medical image enables doctors to view the current situation of the patient’s medical conditions. Medical images are used for the visualization of the organs, body parts and tissues and facilitate physicians to diagnose and treat diseases. Various medical imaging techniques are used to visualize organs and tissues at their cellular level. Major imaging techniques include nuclear imaging, optical imaging and radiology. These imaging technologies are specialized in different therapeutic areas. For instance, the radiological method of image capturing is specialized in anatomical and physiological visualization of the human body. In addition, advancement in medical imaging devices makes image capturing technologies more easy and convenient to image viewers. For instance, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used in optical imaging techniques which helps in visualization of abnormalities at cellular level.
In terms of geographic, North America and Europe dominates the global enterprise medical image viewers market due to improved healthcare infrastructure and well-organized healthcare information technology ecosystems in these regions. For instance, in 2012, American Hospital Association (AHA), a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals and healthcare networks conducted an annual survey of total number of registered hospitals in the U.S. This number was 5,723 in 2012. Registered hospitals are those hospitals that fulfill all the AHA criteria. This improved healthcare system in North America has resulted in significant rise in demand of medical imaging technologies for the diagnosis of abnormalities. In Europe, France, Germany and Spain holds major share of medical image viewers market. However, Asia is expected to show high growth rates in the next five years in global enterprise medical image viewers market. China and India are expected to be the fastest growing enterprise medical image viewers markets in Asia.
In recent time, technological advancements in medical imaging technologies is key driver for the global enterprise medical image viewers market. In addition, miniaturization of medical imaging devices and digitalization of clinical departments in hospitals have also fueled the growth of global enterprise medical image viewers market. However, high cost of imaging equipments is key restraint for the global enterprise medical image viewers market. Moreover, lack of skilled professionals to operate devices is also hampering the growth of global enterprise medical image viewers market.
Some of the major companies operating in the global enterprise medical image viewers market are Agfa HealthCare, Cerner, GE Healthcare, McKesson Medical Imaging, Merge Healthcare, Philips Healthcare and Siemens Healthcare.
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