Global Contrast Materials Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Product Type (Iodine-Based, Barium-Sulphate, Gadolinium, Saline And Gas, Others), By Route Of Administration (Oral, Rectal, Blood Vessel), By Medical Procedure (X-Ray/CT, MRI, Ultrasound), By Indication (Cardiovascular Disease, Oncology, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Other Indications), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

Published:  Jun 2022 Report Code: KSI061612143 Pages: 125

The global contrast materials market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.67% during the forecast period to reach US$5.196 billion by 2027, from US$4.038 billion in 2020. To examine interior bodily organs or soft tissues, contrast materials, also known as contrast agents or contrast media, are used. These help radiologists distinguish between normal and pathological conditions. Contrast substances can be given orally, rectally, or through blood vessels (veins or arteries ). Contrast agents aid in the enhanced visibility of biological structures as well as the capture of difficult-to-image anatomical areas. They help to eliminate radiologist perception errors, which can affect how the true structure of the underlying anatomy is interpreted. Low-osmolality contrast agents, which are safer and recommended for paediatric patients, have evolved through time from high-osmolar contrast media (HOCM), which have limited value and significant side effects.

The prevalence of chronic diseases among the world's rising population, the ageing population, and of nuclear medicine are expected to fuel the growth of the global contrast materials market.

As the global frequency of chronic diseases rises, the demand for diagnostic imaging procedures also increases and, as a result, contrast materials. Chronic disease costs $3.5 trillion in annual health care costs, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 55 million people have been diagnosed with arthritis. Moreover, about 305,000 newborns and toddlers suffer from arthritis or rheumatic disorders. Osteoarthritis affects approximately 55 million people worldwide. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 220 million women worldwide were affected by osteoporosis in 2019.

Due to the growing demand for imaging operations, contrast media manufacturers have invested much in R & D in order to bring new products to market and gain approval for new indications. Bracco, for example, received FDA approval in 2021 for Lumason, an ultrasound contrast agent, in a 20-vial pack design. According to a report to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the increase in the volume of imaging services per Medicare beneficiary is the largest among all other services offered by physicians. Imaging techniques like computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and X-rays have become a standard aspect of most disease diagnoses. Diagnostic imaging modalities are becoming more widely employed as a result of developments in the underlying technology, which includes everything from equipment to administration. Novel solutions, such as syringeless injectors and innovative packaging, aid in the delivery of the correct dose of contrast agents while also reducing waste. The Gadavist Imaging Bulk Package with transfer spike, for example, was authorised by the US FDA in August 2020, allowing for weight-based and multi-patient dosing as well as addressing hospital vial waste issues. It is expected that the approval of such innovative packaging will raise demand for the chemical agent.

Contrast materials are usually regarded as safe for use in MRI and CT scans, among other diagnostic techniques. However, some of the adverse effects and allergic responses associated with its use may limit market expansion. Their side effects range from mild to severe; severe reactions are extremely rare, as are major allergic reactions to contrast materials. In addition, handling complex and sophisticated diagnostic imaging technologies necessitates a high level of technical ability and expertise. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of radiology technologists is expected to expand by roughly 7% between 2019 and 2029. Despite this, a scarcity of specialists and radiologists will pose a hindrance to industry expansion.

By region, North America is expected to drive the growth of the global contrast materials market during the forecast period.

The existence of prominent players in the region, the high prevalence of chronic illnesses, the growing elderly population, and the increasing use of minimally invasive procedures all contribute to the region's significant share of the market. In the United States, the first gadolinium-based contrast agent was approved. Four agents have been certified in the United States in the last decade, indicating a clear trend in the industry to identify more efficient, accurate, and safe agents. In the future, sales of contrast materials are likely to rise in the United States. Contrast material sales for ultrasound may have a significant growth rate among the various imaging modalities. In the United States, the rise in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases is the primary driver of market growth.

During the predicted period, Asia Pacific is also expected to increase significantly. This is because the region is home to a number of well-known local and worldwide manufacturers. For example, General Electric Pharmaceuticals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., is a GE Healthcare subsidiary that manufactures diagnostic pharmaceuticals (CT/MR contrast media) in China and is one of the world's largest contrast material manufacturing facilities. This aspect is expected to continue to drive regional market expansion.

Covid-19 Insights

Due to fewer patient visits to hospitals, the COVID-19 outbreak had a detrimental influence on the contrast materials industry. As a result of the epidemic, healthcare systems have been severely stressed. To prevent the spread of the disease and conserve healthcare resources for COVID-19 patients, healthcare institutes and providers were told to halt performing elective surgical operations and medical evaluations. As a result, the volume of imaging cases in many radiology departments dropped dramatically.

Due to a fall in the volume of optional and non-essential procedures, lower utilisation of routine testing, decreased capital spending by customers, and a slowdown in research activity owing to laboratory closures and decreased clinical testing, the worldwide contrast materials market has been impacted.

Global Contrast Materials Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2020  US$4.038 billion
 Market size value in 2027  US$5.196 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 3.67% from 2020 to 2027
 Base year  2020
 Forecast period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Product Type, Route of Administration, Medical Procedure, Indication, And   Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered Bayer AG, General Electric Company, Guerbet, Bracco Diagnostic, Inc., Nano Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd., Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., iMax, Trivitron Healthcare, Spago Nanomedical AB, Jodas Expoim
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase


Key Market Segments

  • By Product Type

    • Iodine-based

    • Barium-Sulphate

    • Gadolinium

    • Saline and Gas

    •  Others

  • By Route of Administration

    • Oral

    • Rectal

    • Blood Vessel

  • By Medical Procedure

    • X-Ray/CT

    • MRI

    • Ultrasound

  • By Indication

    • Cardiovascular Disease

    • Oncology

    • Gastrointestinal Disorders

    • Neurological Disorders

    • Other Indications

  • By Geography

    • North America

      • USA

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Others

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • France

      • United Kingdom

      • Spain

      • Others

    • Middle East and Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • Israel

      • Others

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • India

      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What will be the contrast materials market size by 2027?
A1. The global contrast materials market is projected to reach a total market size of US$5.196 billion by 2027.

Q2. What is the size of the global contrast materials market?
A2. Contrast Materials Market was valued at US$4.038 billion in 2020.  

Q3. What are the growth prospects for the contrast materials market?
A3. The contrast materials market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.67% over the forecast period. 

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the contrast materials market growth?
A4. The prevalence of chronic diseases among the world's rising population, the aging population, and the rise of nuclear medicine are expected to fuel the growth of the global contrast materials market.

Q5. Which region holds the largest market share in the contrast materials market?
A5. By region, North America is expected to drive the growth of the global contrast materials market during the forecast period. 

1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation

2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3.1. Research Highlights

4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Powers of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.4. The threat of New Entrants
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5.1. Introduction
5.2. Iodine-based
5.3. Barium-Sulphate
5.4. Gadolinium
5.5. Saline and Gas
5.6. Others

6.1. Introduction
6.2. Oral
6.3. Rectal
6.4. Blood Vessel

7.1. X-Ray/CT
7.2. MRI
7.3. Ultrasound

8.1. Cardiovascular Disease
8.2. Oncology
8.3. Gastrointestinal Disorders
8.4. Neurological Disorders
8.5. Other Indications

9.1. Introduction
9.2. North America
9.2.1. United States
9.2.2. Canada
9.2.3. Mexico
9.3. South America
9.3.1. Brazil
9.3.2. Argentina
9.3.3. Others
9.4. Europe
9.4.1. Germany
9.4.2. France
9.4.3. United Kingdom
9.4.4. Spain
9.4.5. Others
9.5. Middle East and Africa
9.5.1. Saudi Arabia
9.5.2. Israel
9.5.3. Others
9.6. Asia Pacific
9.6.1. China
9.6.2. Japan
9.6.3. South Korea
9.6.4. India
9.6.5. Others

10.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
10.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative
10.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations
10.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

11.1. Bayer AG
11.2. General Electric Company
11.3. Guerbet
11.4. Bracco Diagnostic, Inc.
11.5. Nano Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd.
11.6. Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
11.7. iMax
11.8. Trivitron Healthcare
11.9. Spago Nanomedical AB
11.10. Jodas Expoim

Bayer AG

General Electric Company


Bracco Diagnostic, Inc.

Nano Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd.

Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.


Trivitron Healthcare

Spago Nanomedical AB

Jodas Expoim


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