As per the report from HIS Medical Technology, The Cone-beam CT (CBCT) segment has grown fast to overtake the sales in many other dental X-ray segments. The Cone-beam CT segment has also overtaken the medical imaging modalities with respect to global unit growth. Increasing demand for maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and implant dentistry, are some of the factors, which generated strong demand for Cone-beam CT. The number of Cone-beam CT units that will be shipped in near future are expected to grow fast.
The cone-beam CT segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.8% during the period from 2014 to 2019. That means, the cone-beam CT segment will generate around $800 million by 2019. CBCT devices are replacing the extraoral systems including panoramic systems and cephalometric systems in almost all developing countries.
The popularity for CBCT has increased over the past few years because of operational efficiency and ease of use, as compared to many other similar devices. As per HIS, CBCT offers a dentist’s view that can be easily utilized to visualize the erupted as well as nonerupted teeth. CBCT can also be used to visualize the tooth root orientation that any traditional 2D imaging devices cannot. New CBCT systems, which are featured with three-in-one functionality, are to be launched in the global market. New CBCT systems will be featured with panoramic, CBCT, and cephalometric technologies.
As per HIS, Planmeca, Sirona, and Danaher, are the key manufacturers in the cone-beam CT segment. North America was expected to be the market leader for CBCT segment in 2014. The number of private dental practitioners adopting advanced dental services has gone up in the recent past. Some of the price sensitive markets like Europe, Asia Pacific, and Middle East, have started upgrading their medical device segment by replacing analog x-ray technology by complementary metal oxide semiconductor CMOS sensors and photostimulable phosphor plates.