The US market for surgical navigation systems - comprising navigation platforms for neurosurgery; spine; ear, nose, and throat (ENT); and orthopedic navigation applications - will experience moderate growth through 2016. Over the forecast period, growth in this market will be fueled by continued awareness of the clinical benefits associated with surgical navigation, increasing procedure volumes, and a rising demand for minimally invasive surgery. Hospital budget constraints will continue to be the main limiter in the market because many smaller hospitals in the US are unable to afford surgical navigation systems. Slight declines in average selling prices (ASPs), however, will somewhat counteract this effect by making the systems more affordable, which will boost system adoption, especially in the price-conscious ENT navigation market. Overall, the advantages of these systems will spur an increase in unit sales, which will result in continued growth in the market through the forecast period.
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