Global Dental Imaging Market Embracing Upsurge from CBCT

by Catherine Wilson

Cone-beam computed tomography…rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Well, if not now, it soon will. At the recent IDS in Cologne, Germany, CBCT was prominent. CBCT is one of the latest advancements in global dental imaging systems and is considered a prominent product-type segment in the global market for dental imaging equipment. The use of CBCT imaging equipment has increased in various aspects of dentistry and periodontal surgery.

According to Future Market Insights (FMI), a global research and consulting firm, adoption of cone-beam computed tomography will continue to influence global dental imaging equipment market revenues. Dental professionals and radiologists are choosing CBCT over traditional dental imaging techniques as it helps reconstruct a 3-D image of the oral and maxillofacial region.

As a product type segment, cone-based computed tomography currently accounts for more than 18 percent revenue share of the global dental imaging equipment market. This segment is anticipated to increase at a year-over-year growth rate of 5.3 percent in 2016 over 2015 and reach US$396 million in revenues.

In its new report entitled “Dental Imaging Equipment Market,” FMI says implant dentistry and interventional radiology are some of the key clinical verticals that extensively use the CBCT imaging equipment. As a result, cone-beam computed tomography is emerging as an important and the most enhanced dental imaging system in private dental clinics, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centres.

“Moreover, the demand for CBCT scanners has increased in oral surgery, endodontics as well as orthodontics. Additionally, the rising number of cosmetic dental surgeries and complex dental procedures will continue to drive the growth in the demand for CBCT imaging equipment in the global market”.

The risks of using CBCT technology are perceived as the main restraints challenging the growth of the segment in the global dental imaging equipment market. Unlike the conventional extraoral X-ray imaging, the radiation delivered by CBCT systems is higher, causing unanticipated damages on the health of the patient. The risk of radiation exposure through CBCT is higher among children and teens – a key demographic undergoing dental surgeries. Also, the higher threat towards cancer incidence has drastically plunged the demand for CBCT equipment in hospitals.

Despite this, CBCT imaging products and devices are seen as the fastest-growing product type segment in the global market. Cone-beam computed tomography has gained prominence in North America, which is one of the leading regions in the global dental imaging equipment market.

According to FMI, companies leading the charge to CBCT include Danaher Corp., Planmeca Oy, Carestream Health, and Dentsply Sirona.

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