Coupled with increasing awareness and education of women, the global mammography x-ray equipment market will continue to experience strong growth despite current restrictions in healthcare expenditures and the ongoing economic crisis, according to a report from market research firm InMedica.
Implementation of screening programs around the world remains the single largest driver of growth in the mammography market, according to the Wellingborough, U.K.-based firm. InMedica forecasts that from 2008 to 2013 the global mammography market will increase outside of traditional markets. Revenue in Western Europe and the U.S. is expected to fall from 73% of total global revenue in 2008 to 66% in 2013.
Although the global market for mammography x-ray equipment stalled in 2009 due to U.S. market saturation and the economic downturn, the continued transition to digital mammography systems is forecast to drive additional market growth, particularly outside the U.S., InMedica said. In addition, digital mammography had spawned the development of new breast imaging applications such as digital tomosynthesis, contrast-enhanced mammography, and image fusion techniques, according to the firm.
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