GVR Report cover Micro Computed Tomography Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Micro Computed Tomography Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (In-vivo, Ex-vivo), By Application (Life Science, Bones, Dentistry, Plants & Food), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-639-7
  • Number of Report Pages: 142
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2016 - 2019
  • Forecast Period: 2021 - 2028 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global micro computed tomography market size was valued at USD 155.3 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028. The market is driven by the factors such as a growing range of applications and strong demand for technologically advanced systems capable of 3D rendering. Increasing product features and a high replacement rate are also expected to boost the market growth. The additional features are expanding the potential applications of micro computed tomography (CT) systems.

Canada micro computed tomography market size, by product, 2018 - 2028 (USD Million)

Micro-CT has the advantage of having a very narrow bandwidth, monochromatic X-ray with essentially parallel X-ray beams with sufficient high flux to allow rapid scanning as well as convenient in-depth exploration, high spatial resolution, high bone and lung sensitivity, cost-effective, and short-exposure time scans. The key benefit is that it is a non-destructive process; once the material has been scanned, the reconstructed images can be kept and examined, rotated, sliced, and so on at any time. In addition, micro-CT helps minimize the number of animals required for research.

Expanding applications of micro-CT in research and development activities are expected to boost the product demand during the forecast period. For instance, BioSpin PreClinical Imaging Division by Bruker reports the use of the Bruker SkyScan 1278 in vivo micro-CT system at the KU in Louvain, Belgium, to support COVID-19-focused research. The university's expertise in preclinical testing will be used to investigate the efficacy of vaccination and drug alternatives in COVID-19 infection models. This will be one of the first in-vivo imaging research utilizing mice and hamsters in COVID-19 models. It will also help scientists learn more about how the SARS-CoV-2 virus causes lung damage.

The shifting focus of significant manufacturers on the development of technologically improved products, as well as product approvals, mergers, and acquisitions, are driving the market for micro-CT. The development of technically advanced products with capabilities, such as faster performance and reduce time and labor, are expected to boost the penetration of micro-CT in the market. The applications of three-dimensional imaging are growing since there is a continuous improvement in the resolution provided. For instance, in July 2021, North Star Imaging (NSI) launched the MeVX product line, a new line of high-energy X-ray systems with 3, 6, and 9 million electron volts of energy (MeV). The MeVX series meets the requirements for higher-energy X-ray inspection to penetrate thick parts that are difficult to scan with normal, lower-energy X-ray equipment. However, this system is significantly dependent on complex computer hardware and software, and factors such as frequent technical issues, necessitating continuous employee training, may impede the growth.

The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the market, since there was a decrease in the production of imaging devices, in addition, delays were seen in the import and export of the micro-CT machine, causing widespread business disruption. The market, on the other hand, is steadily returning to normal now that the lockdown limitations have been relaxed. For instance, in 2020, Bruker’s revenues declined by 4.1%, however, their orders and revenues showed sequential recovery in the first half of 2022, as business conditions improved.

Product Insights

The ex-vivo micro-CT segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 76.9% in 2020, and is also expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Ex vivo micro-CT scanners provide improved spatial resolution, longer scan times (since dose to the sample isn’t of concern), higher signal-to-noise ratios, and hence superior images. Ex vivo scanners are used in biomaterial studies, implants in large animals, materials studies, compression studies, and other studies of excised organs including lungs, bone, tumors, implants, and grafts, the study of food and seeds, biomaterial studies, implants in large animals, materials studies, and compression studies.

In-vivo CT scanners help in scanning longer objects, which are utilized in studies examining the impact of nutrition, drugs, body mass, and treatments on hormones, cancers, bone quality, bone growth, and numerous regeneration models. These products help in reducing the number of animals used in research. In vivo micro-CT data has been used as a reference for micro-PET or micro-SPECT scan registration.

Application Insights

In 2020, the life sciences segment dominated the market for micro-CT and accounted for the largest revenue share of 23.8%. Owing to the high-resolution structural imaging and nanomechanical measurements provided by the micro-CT, which provide valuable insights to study various life sciences applications, which include animal anatomy, soft tissues, oncology, structural biology, neurosciences, cardiovascular studies, and so on. Life science is changing rapidly and constantly. New discoveries contribute to the creation of more efficient and faster research methodologies, as well as small and big molecular treatments, laying the groundwork for the long-term growth of this segment. Over the forecast period, such factors are expected to boost product demand.

Global micro computed tomography market share, by application, 2020 (%)

The dentistry segment is anticipated to register the fastest growth rate over the forthcoming years. Since micro-CT has a wide range of applications in dentistry, from dental research to treatment. Micro-CT produces high-quality images of the tooth and its surrounding structures from the outer to the innermost structure. The understanding of tooth structure that researchers have gained provides the foundation for bettering treatment plans. The direction and length of cracks in teeth, as well as the filling conditions of fillers in dental caries with nondestructive circumstances, can be determined using micro-CT imaging equipment. Simultaneously, the CT scanning data can be used to construct a 3D digital model of the teeth.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the micro computed tomography market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 31.6% in 2020. The region is expected to exhibit a considerable growth rate over the forecast period. The existence of a large number of market competitors in the region, as well as the high frequency of new product releases, both seem to be factors contributing to regional market growth. Furthermore, the region's research activities have benefited from increased funding. The United States has the largest per capita healthcare spending and the most funds and grants available from government institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support research.

In Asia Pacific, the market is estimated to witness the fastest rate during the forecast period owing to the increased demand for better imaging devices and the rising frequency of research activities. In addition, many manufacturers are investing in this region, For instance, DKSH Business Unit Technology and Bruker have extended their partnership in Asia by partnering on the distribution of Bruker XRF devices S2 PUMA and S2 POLAR in China. DKSH will provide marketing, sales, and after-sales services for the Bruker 3D X-ray Microscopy product range in China as part of the extended partnership.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key players are working to improve their product offerings by leveraging important cooperative drives, as well as considering acquisitions and government approvals in order to expand their client base and gain a larger share of the overall industry. For instance, In August 2021, Tescan has launched the UniTOM HR, which is claimed as the world's first dynamic micro-CT system with sub-micron resolution 3D non-destructive imaging for static studies and high temporal resolution for continuous 4D dynamic CT research. According to Tescan, UniTOM HR is ideal for both industrial and academic researchers who want micro-CT imaging to examine a sample's internal structure as well as a deeper knowledge of the sample's behavior under various environmental circumstances. Market players include major clinical and nonclinical X-ray companies, as well as micro-CT-only companies. Some of the prominent players in the micro computed tomography market include:

  • Bruker Corporation

  • PerkinElmer

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Zeiss

  • NeoScan

  • Sanying Precision Instruments Co.Ltd

  • North Star Imaging Inc

  • SCANCO Medical AG


Micro Computed Tomography Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 192.1 million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 327.7 million

Growth rate

CAGR of 7.9% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2016 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Russia, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, UAE

Key companies profiled

Bruker Corporation; PerkinElmer; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Zeiss, NeoScan; Sanying Precision Instruments Co.Ltd; North Star Imaging Inc; SCANCO Medical AG, TESCAN

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global micro computed tomography market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • In-vivo

    • Ex-vivo

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • Life Sciences

    • Bones

    • Dentistry

    • Plants and Food

    • Material Science

    • Geology/Oil and Gas Geology

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Norway

      • Sweden `

      • Russia

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • Australia

      • Thailand

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • Turkey

      • UAE

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