Mobile Imaging Services Market Size is likely to increase considerably over 2022-2028, given the potential clinical use cases and benefits of mobile imaging devices such as improved patient care, faster diagnosis, and infection control. In addition, the easy accessibility and cost-effectiveness of this service over traditional imaging equipment will further augment industry growth in the years ahead. Mobile imaging refers to the provision of diagnostic imaging services like CT scanning and MRI via a bank of portable imaging equipment units. These units move between medical facilities to ensure the delivery of local, comfortable, and convenient care whilst leveraging the latest technology that is at the forefront of diagnostic imaging.
Growing burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) among the elderly population are some of the prominent trends bolstering the mobile imaging services market through 2022-2028. The prevalence of CVD is likely to increase substantially across regions like Latin America and the Caribbean, where the share of older people is likely to be doubled by 2050. Factors such as these could amplify the need for cardiac imaging devices like MRA (Magnetic resonance angiography) to access blood flow and detect occlusions and stenosis in arteries. In addition, the escalating number of people diagnosed with neurological disorders worldwide will also proliferate the demand for MR neuroimaging and other mobile imaging equipment during the estimated timeline.
Computed tomography will emerge as a key product type segment for the mobile imaging services industry by 2028, given its usage advantages in examining internal body structures. During CT imaging, for example, an X-ray tube can rotate around the patient to capture multiple images from different angles, thus making the internal anatomy more apparent, unlike conventional X-rays. Its capability to ensure effective medical management by improving cancer diagnosis and reducing the need for exploratory surgeries, among other benefits, will also drive the segmental expansion in the coming years.
Regionally, the Middle East and Africa mobile imaging services market is set to amass considerable profits by 2028. This is a result of the high consumption of alcohol and the increasing obese population in the region. According to the International Society of Substance Use Professionals, the per capita alcohol consumption in South Africa is 11 liters, which is the highest in Africa. Factors such as these could boost the adoption of mobile diagnostic imaging services, as long-term drinking can damage arteries, heart, and other blood vessels.
Key mobile imaging services market players include InHealth Group, Jacksonville / First Coast Mobile Imaging Services, Inc., Star Equity Holdings (formerly Digirad Corporation), TridentUSA, Front Range Mobile Imaging, Inc., Nuffield Health, INTERIM DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING, LLC, Alliance HealthCare Services (Akumin), and Cobalt Health, among others. These companies are focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and new service launches to strengthen their presence in the global market.
The peak of the novel coronavirus pandemic was accompanied by a significant decline in hospital admissions for non-COVID-related ailments like cardiovascular disorders, including acute myocardial infarction. In Spain, for example, reduction in the number of PCIs (percutaneous coronary interventions) was observed, owing to the reluctance of patients to seek medical assistance in healthcare settings, due to fears of virus transmission. However, the significant increase in reliance on portable or mobile chest X-ray devices to examine COVID-19 patients with pulmonary symptoms like shortness of breath and chest discomfort may aid in mobile imaging services market growth during the forecast period.
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