Rising demand for minimally invasive surgeries coupled with incorporation of technology in the medical field leading to creation of complex imaging and robotic devices is expected to drive the image guided and robot assisted surgery market during the forecast period. These systems help the doctors in seamless planning about the procedure to be followed during the surgery and thereby reduce the likelihood of error and help to minimize procedure time.
On the basis of application ENT segment held the substantial share in the application market. The main indications where image guided are usually performed include sinus surgery and the treatment of disorders related to cerebrum. Oncology is also a key sub-segment under the applications segment. Rising prevalence of cancer globally along with a hike in demand for minimally invasive surgeries owing to the ease it provides to the patients as compared to conventional surgeries is the major driver for this segment. Computed topography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound systems are the major product type sub segment. Fluorescence image guided surgery is gaining popularity as a consequence of it being cost effective in comparison to other devices. With the rapidly developing technology, image guided and robot assisted surgery is expected to be the main stay for crucial surgeries such as neurological surgery.
Regionally, North America dominated the image guided and robot assisted surgery market in 2013. Availability of high disposable income with the population of this region, coupled with, high awareness levels towards the use of new technologies and favorable reimbursement policy of the government are high impact rendering drivers for this market. Asia-Pacific market is considered to be the hotbed of investment activity as a consequence of rapidly evolving healthcare infrastructure, deeper penetration of health insurance and improvement in the overall quality of life has created a huge demand for quality health services in this region.
Key companies in the image guided and robot assisted surgery market are GE Healthcare, Medtronic Inc., MAKO Surgical Corp., Claron Technology, Inc., and Scopis Medical. These companies are developing products that are expected to improve depth perception and image quality during the procedures, thereby enhancing the efficiency of the surgeons.
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