Optical Imaging Market - Segmented by Product (Imaging Systems and Software), Application (Pathological Imaging and Intraoperative Imaging), End User (Diagnostic Imaging Centers, Hospitals, and Research Laboratories), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)


APR 2018

Optical Imaging Market - Segmented by Product (Imaging Systems and Software), Application (Pathological Imaging and Intraoperative Imaging), End User (Diagnostic Imaging Centers, Hospitals, and Research Laboratories), and Region - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

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The optical imaging market was worth USD 1.42 billion in 2017. The market is projected to reach a value of USD 2.70 billion by 2023 at a CAGR of 11.35% over the forecast period (2018 – 2023). The report discusses the various types of optical imaging products and their applications. While the regions considered in this report include North America, Europe, and various others. The study also emphasizes on how the rising demand for greater diagnostic procedure accuracy is changing the market scenario.

Optical Imaging is a technique used to assess optical properties of tissues. It is an emerging technology and has applications, like clinical research, population health management, medical diagnosis and treatment, among others. The healthcare sector is witnessing a tremendous amount of investments in this technology, as the demand for effective solutions and focus on early diagnosis of diseases are rising. Moreover, a few of the fields where such investments have risen are fibre-optics and photonics, which are also expected to act as a driving factor for the growth of optical imaging technology. Owing to the growing relevance of this technology in pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries, along with medical diagnostics and therapeutics, the optical imaging market is poised to witness a steady growth in the upcoming years.

Technological Advancements Lead to Higher Market Penetration and Drive the Market

Initially, technology for optical imaging was primarily limited to laboratory use. This would no longer be the case as fast, compact, user-friendly, and low-cost imaging systems with advanced technological features are being developed across the world. It is expected to witness a significant demand in the near future, as the preference for a better and effective technology arises. Technological advancements are enabling optical imaging to capture comparably more data for lesser size. Systems, which are smaller in size and with the same functionality as that of traditional technology, are being developed. Imaging is being micronized with the sole purpose of it being easy-to-use, especially in the healthcare sector, as smaller the hyper spectral imaging camera, the easier it is to integrate the technology with endoscopy instruments.

Rising Demand from Diagnostic Imaging Centers to Drive the Market

Hyper spectral imaging (HSI) (a type of optical imaging technology) is an emerging imaging modality for medical applications, especially in disease diagnosis and image-guided surgery. Spatially resolved spectral imaging obtained by hyper spectral imaging provides diagnostic information about the tissue physiology, morphology, and composition. Also, hyper spectral imaging technology aids in the diagnoses of cancers of the breast, cervix, and skin. In addition to this, choosing the appropriate imaging system for each medical field or application, together with the most reliable hyper spectral image processing methods, are expected to be the main goals of future for the diagnostic purpose.

North America the Largest Market

Well-developed research infrastructure and faster adoption rates of advanced devices within the region are factors promoting the market growth in the region. Moreover, government initiatives related to funding projects are encouraging the technological advancement in this industry. For instance, the Network for Translational Research for Optical Imaging, US, renders grants to promote R&D in this field.  Moreover, rising healthcare spending in the region demands better diagnostic solutions. The healthcare spending in Canada accounted for around USD 228 billion, and represented 11% of the country’s GDP in 2016. Further, though the provincial health spending represented around 6% of Canadian GDP in 2001, it has significantly grew to around 7% in 2016. This increased spending has contributed to the research and development investment and has driven innovations and development for advanced diagnostic equipment for medical equipment and bioscience applications.


Key Developments in the Market

  • January 2018: Edmund Optics and Etaluma entered into a sales channel partnership to make Etaluma next-generation inverted LS microscopes accessible to a wider range of researchers and educators.

Major Players: Agfa-Gevaert NV, ASE Optics, Inc., Canon Inc., Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, ChemImage Corporation, Cytoviva Inc., Headwall Photonics Inc., Heidelberg Engineering Inc., Leica Microsystems, Optovue Inc., Perkinelmer, Inc., and Topcon Corporation, among others.

Reasons to Purchase this Report

  • The technological advancements leading to higher market penetration
  • Various perspectives of the market with the help of Porter’s five forces analysis
  • The application and end-user that are expected to dominate the market
  • The region that is expected to witness fastest growth rates during the forecast period
  • The latest developments, market shares, and strategies that are employed by the major market players
  • 3 months analyst support, along with the Market Estimate sheet (in Excel)

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1.1 Market Definition





5.1 Current Market Scenario

5.2 Porter's Five Forces

5.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

5.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

5.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

5.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

5.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


6.1 Drivers

6.2 Restraints

6.3 Opportunities

           6.4 Challenges


7.1 Segmentation – by Technology

7.1.1 Photoacoustic Tomography

7.1.2 Optical Coherence Tomography

7.1.3 Hyperspectral Imaging

7.1.4 Near-infrared Spectroscopy

7.2 Segmentation - by Application

7.2.1 Pathological Imaging

7.2.2 Intraoperative Imaging

7.3 Segmentation – by Product

7.3.1 Imaging Systems

7.3.2 Software

7.3.3 Others

7.4 Segmentation – by End User

7.4.1 Diagnostic Imaging Centers

7.4.2 Hospitals and Research Laboratories

7.5 Segmentation – by Geography

            7.5.1 North America

         United States



            7.5.2 Europe

         United Kingdom





         Rest of Europe

            7.5.3 Asia-Pacific





         South Korea

         Rest of Asia-pacific

            7.5.4 South America



         Rest of South America

              7.5.5 Middle East & Africa


         South Africa

         Rest of MEA


8.1 Agfa-Gevaert NV

8.2 Canon Inc.

8.3 Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

8.4 Cytoviva Inc.

8.5 Headwall Photonics Inc.

8.6 Heidelberg Engineering Inc.

8.7 Leica Microsystems

8.8 Optovue Inc.

8.9 Perkinelmer, Inc.

8.10 Topcon Corporation

List Not Exhaustive




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