Global Molecular Imaging Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID 19 Impact, And Trends By Device Type (Positron Emission Tomography Scanner, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Scanner, Gamma Camera, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, Others), By Application (Cardiovascular, Neurology, Respiratory, Oncology, Other), By End-User (Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Diagnostic Imaging Centers), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2021 To 2026

Published: May 2021 | Report Code:  KSI061610454 | Pages:  108

The global molecular imaging market is evaluated at US$4.199 billion for the year 2019 growing at a CAGR of 5.68% reaching the market size of US$6.183 billion by the year 2026.

Molecular imaging is a type of medical imaging that provides detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Where other diagnostic imaging procedures—such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound—offer pictures of physical structure, molecular imaging allows physicians to see how the body is functioning and to measure its chemical and biological processes.

Molecular imaging offers unique insights into the human body that enable physicians to personalize patient care. In terms of diagnosis, molecular imaging can provide information that is unattainable with other imaging technologies or that would require more invasive procedures such as biopsy or surgery identify disease in its earliest stages and determine the exact location of a tumor, often before symptoms occur or abnormalities can be detected with other diagnostic tests. As a tool for evaluating and managing the care of patients, molecular imaging studies help physicians; determine the extent or severity of the disease, including whether it has spread elsewhere in the body, select the most effective therapy based on the unique biologic characteristics of the patient and the molecular properties of a tumor or other disease, determine a patient’s response to specific drugs, accurately assess the effectiveness of a treatment regimen, adapt treatment plans quickly in response to changes in cellular activity, assess disease progression, identify recurrence of disease and help manage ongoing care.

The rising prevalence of such disorders along with the growing aging population has driven demand for molecular imaging significantly.

Technological advancements in the medical sector will further contribute to market growth. The growing adoption of hybrid molecular imaging systems is expected to provide a great opportunity for the expansion of the market across potential regional markets. Geographically, North America dominates the global molecular imaging market while the Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market in the years ahead owing to rising healthcare spending in emerging economies of the region.

Certain factors that are propelling the growth of the market include technological advancements, increasing diagnostic applications in various diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, government support, and a shift from standalone to hybrid modalities.

The advent of COVID-19 had a slight decline in the global molecular imaging market.

The impact on this industry was mainly due to the fact that imaging procedures were done for preventive measures as well during the period. Some facilities opted to keep their doors open, when possible, to continue serving those who needed scans for various medical reasons, such as cancer patients. Others were able to transfer some of the workloads over to off-site imaging companies to help those not allowed to perform imaging procedures during the pandemic. Off-site imaging companies did help prepare for the potential surge in patients by keeping imaging processes moving forward. But not every facility had this option, and imaging procedures fell short of expectations and in performance compared to one year ago. Ramping up the availability of mobile and portable imaging systems during the peak of the pandemic helped increase options to image patients inside and outside of healthcare facilities. This was done to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and also to diagnose it sooner and easier in remote locations that were set up nationwide. Most hospitals found it was easier to sterilize a mobile DR or ultrasound system than to move a COVID-positive patient through halls, elevators, and into a CT room that then needed deep cleaning for 30-50 minutes. In April 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability and capability of medical X-ray, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems, and image analysis software used to diagnose and monitor medical conditions while mitigating circumstances that could lead to patient, healthcare provider and healthcare technology management (HTM) exposure to COVID-19.

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has peaked in most states, hospitals are starting to reopen general imaging services and have seen a surge in the number of patients needing scans. as hospitals and imaging facilities strive to figure out this “new normal,” and the world slowly starts to open back up from the past, the market is expected to drive further in the coming years.

The segmentation of the global molecular imaging market has been done into device type, application, end-user, and geography. By device type, the classification of the market has been done into Positron Emission Tomography Scanner, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Scanner, Gamma Camera, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, Others. By application, the classification of the market has been done into Cardiovascular, Neurology, Respiratory, Oncology, Other. By end-user, the classification of the market has been done into Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Diagnostic Imaging Centers. Furthermore, on the basis of geography, the global market has been distributed as North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Rising technological advancements in the healthcare sector at a global level will drive the market during the forecast period.

The growth of the molecular imaging market is fuelled by the increasing technological advancements taking place in the sector at an exponential rate. The technological advancements in the field of imaging have always been challenging to practitioners in how best to optimize their inpatient care. Over recent years, scientists, researchers, and technologists have been able to bring systems in clinical practice, in which two or even more two standalone diagnostic imaging modalities are combined. Some of those multimodality imaging systems include PET/CT, SPECT/CT, PET/MRI, and PET/SPECT/CT. Furthermore, the increased use of AI-enabled diagnostic equipment for rapid diagnosis and predictive analysis is developed in several countries across the world.  For instance, in October 2019, Siemens Healthineers launched an ultrasound system, Acuson redwood, which offers an imaging solution for clinical departments including radiology, cardiology, and gynecology.

Supportive government regulations for healthcare will be a tailwind to the growth of the market during the forecast period.

The growth of the market of molecular imaging will be further fuelled by its increasing number of supportive government regulations towards the technology. For instance, In 2016, the AMIPA (American Medical Isotope Production Act) and the DOE/NNSA (Department of Energy) established a Uranium Lease and Take-Back (ULTB) program in the United States. Under this program, the DOE/NNSA makes LEU (Low Enriched Uranium) available through lease contracts for the irradiation and production of Mo99 for medical uses. The AMIPA not only promotes the domestic production of Mo-99 but also aims to replace the role of HEU (High Enriched Uranium) in the production of medical radioactive isotopes. Moreover, Canada is one of the largest producers of Technetium-99m. With the use of Tc-99m in radiopharmaceuticals, the market is expected to grow at a tremendous rate in Canada. It is also combined with a variety of biologically active molecules to perform non-invasive, real-time imaging of the human body.

Competitive Insights.

The players in the global molecular imaging market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the market.

Global Molecular Imaging Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 The market size value in 2019  US$4.199 billion
 The market size value in 2026  US$6.183 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 5.68% from 2019 to 2026
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2021–2026
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Device type, Application, End-user, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  Bracco Imaging SpA, Cardinal Health Inc., GE Healthcare, Koninklijke Philips NV,   Siemens Healthineers, Curium, CMR NAVISCAN (GAMMA MEDICA INC.), Nordion   (Canada) Inc., NTP Radioisotopes SOC, Canon Medical Systems Corporation
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase


  • By Device type
    • Positron Emission Tomography Scanner
    • Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography Scanner
    • Gamma Camera
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
    • Others
  • By Application
    • Cardiovascular
    • Neurology
    • Respiratory
    • Oncology
    • Other
  • By End-user
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
    • Diagnostic Imaging Centers
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • UK
      • Others
    • Middle East & Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What will be the molecular imaging market size by 2026?
A1. The molecular imaging market is expected to reach a market size of US$6.183 billion by 2026.

Q2. What are the growth prospects for the molecular imaging market?
A2. The global molecular imaging market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.68% over the forecast period.

Q3. What is the size of global molecular imaging market?
A3. Molecular Imaging Market was valued at US$4.199 billion in 2019.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the molecular imaging market growth?
A4. The rising prevalence of such disorders along with the growing aging population has driven demand for molecular imaging significantly. 

Q5. Which region holds the largest market share in the molecular imaging market?
A5. Geographically, North America holds a significant share in the molecular imaging market.

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