The global market for portable x-ray devices is segmented by type of product and by type of technology. By type of product, portable x-ray devices can be mobile X-ray devices and handheld X-ray devices. A mobile X-ray device is a radiographic equipment consisting of a wheeled cart that transcripts an X-ray generator, an X-ray tube and a moveable tube stand, collimators, and a film-cassette or flat-panel detector storage drawer. These devices are used for radiographic imaging of patients who cannot be shifted to and diagnosed in the radiology department, and those in areas such as intensive and critical care units that lack fixed radiographic equipment. These devices are larger than handheld devices and are used for imaging complex tissues or organs.
A handheld X-ray device is a radiographic equipment that can be easily carried and taken around the hospital and to some distant places from the hospital by hand. These devices can fit into pockets or can be carried like stethoscopes. They can be used for abdominal, pelvic, fetal, peripheral vessel and cardiac imaging. Handheld devices are widely used in home care and military campaigns, especially for analyzing musculoskeletal problems.
In 2018, the global mobile X-ray devices market was the largest segment by type of product, accounting for almost $4 billion or an 84% market share. The market is expected to grow to more than $5500 million in 2022 at an annual growth rate of around 9%. The market size can be attributed to the high level of penetration of mobile X-ray devices compared to handheld X-ray devices used in hospitals, clinics, and especially in emergency services in the portable medical devices market.
The global handheld X-ray devices market is expected to grow the fastest to around $1200 million in 2022 at an annual growth rate of more than 14%. The fastest market growth can be attributed to the advances in technology that helped the medical equipment industry start producing light-weight handheld X-ray devices, which are now widely used in the healthcare industry.
By type of technology, theincludes computed radiography x-ray devices, digital x-ray devices, and analog x-ray devices. The computed radiography X-ray devices market, which was the largest segment in 2018, uses computed radiology (CR) technology, where an imaging plate is exposed to X-rays, after which the imaging plate is digitized by the scanner and erased for immediate reuse, and the image is later displayed on a computer monitor for evaluation with specialized software. Imaging plates can typically be used up to 1,000 times or more depending on the application. Computed radiography X-ray devices use analog technology to take X-ray exposures with CR cassettes in place of traditional film cassettes. The CR system then scans the image into a digital format.
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