How CCD, CMOS and a-Si are Reshaping the Medical Imaging Industry
Yole Développement is pleased to release this overview report of all
the solid-state image sensor technologies currently commercialized in
endoscopy and X-ray imaging. Included in this report is market forecasts till
2017 with in-depth analysis of each product category is provided, along with a
description of the main active players, recent technological evolutions and
SMALL MARKET, BUT HIGH GROWTH FUELED BY EMERGING PRODUCTS
The solid-state medical image sensor market is driven by two major
applications: X-ray imaging and endoscopy.
Global Medical Imaging Sensor Market
Medical image sensor shipments will increase from 1.8M units to 4.2M units in
2017, fueled by growing sales of disposable endoscopes and camera pills. These
emerging products will find broad adoption in clinical practices owing to
incentives being provided in Europe and the US to reduce nosocomial infections.
From a revenue stand point, medical image sensor market will grow at a
significant 9% CAGR in the 2012-2017 period, and is expected to reach $112M in
2017. X-ray image sensors account for 93% of total medical image sensors
market revenue due to the ultra expensive price of X-ray sensors.
In this report, you will find details on the market evolution in revenue,
volume and wafer shipments.
INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS GIVE RISE TO NEW APPLICATIONS AND CREATE NEW MARKETS
The medical image sensor market is characterized by a straight duality between
X-ray imaging and endoscopy applications on price and volume. X-ray imaging is
a very high-end market with a multitude of players, while endoscopy market is
a high volume and low price point market with a limited number of players.
Medical image sensors products positioning
Seven segments are identified and need to be considered separately because
they implicate different supply chains, drivers, and technical specifications.
In this report, each of these segments is described with market drivers &
X-ray and endoscopy markets are in evolving quickly, and are the source of
numerous innovations at both equipment and application levels. Emerging
products like disposable endoscopes, camera pills and CMOS X-ray flat panels
are poised to drive the growth of medical image sensors in both volume and
revenue, and help new players to enter the market.
MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES IN COMPETITION TO DOMINATE THE MEDICAL MARKET
Three technologies are currently used in medical imaging: CCD, CMOS and
amorphous silicon (a-Si).
CMOS X-ray flat panels positioning
CMOS image sensors are a decade old technology, but a second wave of
innovation has recently taken place and CMOS image sensors will quickly gain
market shares in both endoscopy and X-ray markets at the expense of CCD
sensors and a-Si flat panels.
CCD technology will continue to dominate historical endoscopy markets i.e.
flexible and rigid endoscopy, growing at a moderate rate of 6%.
X-ray imaging and amorphous silicon detectors will stay the mainstream
technology for very large static X-ray imaging thanks to their cost
A new X-ray technology mixing CMOS circuits and advanced packaging
technologies is currently under development by all major players of X-ray
imaging such as Philips or Siemens. That technology, namely Single Photon
Counting is expected by 2017 and is the next milestone of X-ray medical
In this report, you will find detailed markets forecasts by product &
technology, along with application & technology trends.
NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO ENTER THE MEDICAL IMAGING MARKET
That technology shift in endoscopy and X-ray imaging represents a major
opportunity for new entrants to take positions in the medical imaging market
in niche, but nevertheless fast growing, applications. Numerous companies have
entered the endoscopy market by offering innovative disposable endoscope or
cameras pills, similarly to CMOS X-ray flat panel detector vendors.
Currently some historical players like Karl Storz or Hoya in endoscopy, or
Trixell and General Electric in X-ray, have stood back. But what will they do
as these growing markets will reach critical size? Some acquisitions have
already occurred, and are ideal for big players to quickly complement their
product portfolio and keep offering leading edge products with low
This report includes the key companies to watch and their positional strength
in the supply chain.
WHO SHOULD BUY THIS REPORT?
- CMOS, CCD & a-Si foundries, packaging houses, sensors vendors
- Assess the TAM - total accessible market of your company's related
products in endoscopy and X-ray imaging.
- Identify technology trends, challenges and precise requirements for the
different market applications.
- Medical equipment manufacturers
- Understand the X-ray and endoscopy manufacturing supply and value chain.
- Assess the positioning of your product in these dynamic market.
KEY FEATURES OF THE REPORT
- Technologies balance of forces for each medical device
- Endoscopy and X-ray equipment: market drivers & forecasts in revenue and
- Medical image sensors: market drivers & forecasts in revenue, volume and
- Detailed supply chain and value chain analysis
COMPANY CITED IN THE REPORT
AGFA, Alcon, Austria Microsystems, Awaiba, BioVision Technologies LLC,
Caeleste, Canon, Carestream Health, Circon, Cyber Medical, Dongbu Hitek, e2v,
EndoOptiks, Escalon, FiberTech, Fujifilm, Fujinon, General Electrics, GI View,
Giotto, Given Imaging, GMM, Hamamatsu, Hitachi, Hologic, Hoya Life Sciences,
Imix, IntroMedic, Intuitive Surgical, Invendo Medical, ISDI, Italray, Jinshan
Group, Karl Storz, Konica Minolta, Medigus, Micro-Imaging Solutions, Olympus,
ON Semiconductor (Cypress), OSAT, VT & Aptina, Palodex, Panasonic, Perkin
Elmer (Dexela), Philips, Primax, Pyxalis, RF Systems labs, Richard Wolf,
Samsung, Shimadzu, Siemens, Sony, STMicro, Stryker, Swissray, Teledyne DALSA,
Toshiba,TowerJazz, Trixell, Truesense Imaging, TSMC, Varian, Vatech Humanray,
Villa, VIM'S, X-Fab, Ziehm Imaging......
Paul Danini is the market & technology analyst in charge of the imaging
technologies studies at Yole Développement. He holds a master of
engineering in instrumental physics, and a master degree in Technology and
Innovation Management from Grenoble Business School.
Benjamin Roussel is a Market Analyst at Yole Développement in
Microfluidic & Medical Technologies fields. He holds a pharmacy diploma from
the University Claude Bernard Lyon, complemented by a master degree in
Technology and Innovation Management from EMLyon Business School.