Optical Imaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Optical Imaging Market is Segmented by Product (Imaging Systems, Illumination Systems, Lenses, and Software), Application (Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Oncology, and Biotechnology and Research), End User (Diagnostic Imaging Centre, Hospitals, and Research Laboratories), and Geography.

Optical Imaging Industry Overview

Optical Imaging Market Summary
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 11.4 %

Major Players

Optical Imaging Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Optical Imaging Market Analysis

The optical imaging market is expected to witness a CAGR of 11.4%, during the forecast period, (2021 - 2026). Optical imaging is an emerging technology, with great potential for improving disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in the medical office or in the operating room.

  • Optical imaging offers the potential to differentiate among soft tissues, and between the affected tissues. This ability of optical imaging to differentiate among the healthy and infectious tissues is creating a huge opportunity, in the medical diagnosis industry.
  • Furthermore, optical imaging uses non-ionizing radiation, which significantly reduces patient radiation exposure, compared to other harmful effects of radiation-based imaging. This feature allows the patient for repeated studies over time.
  • However, the market growth is restricted by factors, such as stringent regulatory approval procedures, high costs of instruments, scarcity of skilled operators, and insufficient reimbursements policies for the optical imaging procedures.

Optical Imaging Industry Segments

Optical Imaging is a technique used to assess the optical properties of tissues. 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. Furthermore, increasing the prevalence of neurological and ophthalmological disorders, among the population, may foster the demand for imaging diagnosis, which in turn may propel the market growth. North America is one of the most prominent regions that is highly investing in the healthcare sector, which is the key factor that is driving the global optical imaging market growth.

By Product
Imaging Systems
Optical Imaging Systems
Spectral Imaging Systems
Illumination Systems
By Application
Biotechnology and Research
Other Applications
By End User
Diagnostic Imaging Center
Research Laboratories
Other End Users
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Optical Imaging Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Optical Imaging Market according to our research experts:

Oncology Offers Potential Growth

  • Cancer is a worldwide health-care concern that is steadily growing. According to IARC, by 2030, an annual incidence and mortality of 21.7 and 13 million cancer cases, respectively, are expected. This increase is attributed to an aging population, a greater prevalence of obesity, and environmental factors. Furthermore, women are more prone to cancer, with breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death.
  • Many cancers arise from the epithelium of hollow organs and ducts, including breast, colon, esophagus, head and neck, lung, pancreas, and stomach. This thin layer of highly metabolic tissue can be thoroughly and rapidly evaluated in the clinic, using methods of optical imaging techniques. These methods offer a number of advantages for real-time cancer detection, particularly in the epithelium of hollow organs and ducts, by using a broad spectral range of light that spans from visible to near-infrared.
  • This emerging methodology is clinically useful for early cancer detection, by identifying and localizing suspicious lesions that may not otherwise be seen, and serves as a guide for tissue biopsy and surgical resection. They are also useful to determine the best choice of therapy, and to monitor efficacy.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to help in curing cancer, which may result in the creation of a huge demand for optical imaging, worldwide.
Optical Imaging Market - Cancer Cases Among Women, in units, United States, 2009&2019

Asia-Pacific to Witness the Fastest Growth

  • The Asia-Pacific region is expected to be the fastest-growing market, with enormous possibilities. According to a report published by the department of neurology, it is estimated that out of the current population of 13.5 billion, approximately 30 million people suffer from neurological disorders, in India.
  • Thus, owing to the huge patient pool, a faster adaptation of healthcare technology, government initiatives to increase the healthcare quality, availability of favorable insurance policies, and market growth may be accelerated during the forecast period, owing to which the optical image market may have a positive outlook. 
  • Furthermore, due to the lower cost of clinical trials and favoring government policies, key players have been setting up their regional headquarters and manufacturing plants in emerging economies, like Singapore, China, Korea, and India, which make a positive growth curve in the optical imaging market, in future.
Optical Imaging Market - Growth Rate by Region (2019 - 2024)

Optical Imaging Market Competitor Analysis

The optical imaging market is fragmented, due to the presence of many international players. Canon Inc., Topcon Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, are some of the major players operating in the global optical imaging market. Most of these players constantly innovate and develop technologically advanced optical imaging devices and systems, to maintain their position in the global market. 

  • May 2019 - The optical society said that the researchers developed a new compact, fiber-based imaging spectrometer for remote sensing that can capture 30,000 sampling points, and each containing more than 60 wavelengths. This rich spectral information, combined with high spatial resolution, provides valuable insight into the chemical makeup of a scene or sample. The new spectrometer acquires spectral information instantaneously, without requiring any scanning. This allows it to image quickly-changing objects, such as moving targets or changing imaging conditions.

Optical Imaging Market Top Players

  1. Canon Inc.

  2. Topcon Corporation

  3. Perkinelmer Inc.

  4. Koninklijke Philips NV

  5. Abbott Laboratories

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Optical Imaging Market Concentration

Optical Imaging Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Rising Demand for Non-invasive Procedures

      2. 4.3.2 Availability to Give Enhanced Pictures to the Medical Practitioners, for Diagnosing Complex Diseases

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 High Cost Factor Associated with the Products

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Product

      1. 5.1.1 Imaging Systems

        1. Optical Imaging Systems

        2. Spectral Imaging Systems

      2. 5.1.2 Illumination Systems

      3. 5.1.3 Lenses

      4. 5.1.4 Software

    2. 5.2 By Application

      1. 5.2.1 Ophthalmology

      2. 5.2.2 Dentistry

      3. 5.2.3 Dermatology

      4. 5.2.4 Cardiology

      5. 5.2.5 Neurology

      6. 5.2.6 Oncology

      7. 5.2.7 Biotechnology and Research

      8. 5.2.8 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 By End User

      1. 5.3.1 Diagnostic Imaging Center

      2. 5.3.2 Hospitals

      3. 5.3.3 Research Laboratories

      4. 5.3.4 Other End Users

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Abbott Laboratories

      2. 6.1.2 Carl Zeiss Meditec AG

      3. 6.1.3 Leica Microsystems (Bioptigen Inc.)

      4. 6.1.4 Topcon Corporation

      5. 6.1.5 Canon Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Heidelberg Engineering Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Headwall Photonics Inc.

      8. 6.1.8 Optovue Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 Perkinelmer Inc.

      10. 6.1.10 Koninklijke Philips NV

      11. 6.1.11 Agfa-Gevaert NV

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Optical Imaging Market Research FAQs

The Optical Imaging Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Optical Imaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 11.4% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Canon Inc., Topcon Corporation, Perkinelmer Inc., Koninklijke Philips NV, Abbott Laboratories are the major companies operating in Optical Imaging Market.

Optical Imaging Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Optical Imaging sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Optical Imaging research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Optical Imaging report PDF.

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