Market growth is largely driven by the increasing number of ultrasound imaging procedures, the rising incidence of hospital-acquired infections due to improper reprocessing of ultrasound probes, the increasing adoption of high-level disinfection systems for critical and semi-critical ultrasound probes, government regulations and guidelines in developed markets, and technological advancements in ultrasound probes. However, the high cost of automated probe reprocessors and reluctance to shift from manual disinfection methods to automated probe reprocessors are restraining the growth of this market. Increasing birth rates/ number of pregnancies and high growth opportunities in emerging countries are opportunities. Some of the challenges faced by the market are lack of knowledge about reprocessing and inadequate cleaning and disinfection of probes.
The report “Ultrasound Probe Disinfection Market by Product (Instrument, Service, Consumable (Disinfectant & Detergent)), Probe Type (Linear, TEE, & Convex Transducer), Process (High-Level & Low-Level), End-User (Hospital), COVID-19 Impact – Global Forecast to 2026″ The global ultrasound probe disinfection market is projected to reach USD 809 million by 2026 from USD 443 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 12.8% during the forecast period.
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Driver: Increasing number of ultrasound imaging procedures
Advancements in diagnostic ultrasound imaging procedures have helped improve diagnosis by providing immediate clinical information. The availability of instant diagnostic data has consequently helped reduce overall healthcare costs by replacing more expensive diagnostic exams. A wide range of ultrasound imaging procedures offers significant growth opportunities for the growth of the ultrasound probe disinfection market. Also, the rising geriatric population across the globe is another major factor resulting in the growing volume of ultrasound imaging procedures performed. Since the elderly (65 years and above) are more susceptible to hospital-acquired infections and chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and various cancers, the demand for disease diagnosis and therapies is expected to rise steadily.
The high-level disinfection segment is expected to account for the largest share of the Market
By process, the ultrasound probe disinfection market is segmented into high-level disinfection and intermediate/low-level disinfection processes. In 2020, the high-level disinfection segment accounted for the largest share of the ultrasound probe disinfection market. The increasing awareness of HAIs, growing number of ultrasound imaging procedures during surgeries, growing regulatory norms for disinfection, and the increasing demand for automated disinfection systems for the high-level disinfection of TEE and endocavitary transducers are the key factors driving the demand for the high-level disinfection process.
The endocavitary transducers segment is expected to grow at the highest share during the forecast period
Based on the type of probe/transducer, the market is segmented into linear transducers, convex transducers, phased array transducers, endocavitary transducers, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) transducers, and other transducers (pencil, concave, and sector transducers). The linear transducers segment accounted for the largest share of 27.5% of the ultrasound probe disinfection market in 2020. The large share of this segment is primarily attributed to the high adoption of linear transducers for vascular examinations, breast and thyroid imaging, and intra-operative and laparoscopy procedures.
In the end user segment, hospitals & diagnostic imaging centers is expected to grow at the highest share in the market
By end user, the ultrasound probe disinfection market is segmented into hospitals & diagnostic imaging centers, maternity centers, ambulatory care centers, research & academic institutes, and other end users. The hospitals & diagnostic imaging centers segment accounted for the highest rate of the ultrasound probe disinfection market in 2020. The large share of this segment can primarily be attributed to the increasing number of ultrasound imaging procedures performed and the growing demand for the high-level disinfection of critical and semi-critical ultrasound probes used in ambulatory care centers.
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Key Market Players
Prominent players in the ultrasound probe disinfection market include Nanosonics (Australia), Tristel (UK), STERIS (UK), and Ecolab (US), Advanced Sterilization Products (US), CIVCO Medical Solutions (US), CS Medical LLC (US), Virox Technologies Inc. (Canada), Germitec S. A. (France). Other players present in the ultrasound probe disinfection market are Schülke & Mayr GmbH (Germany), Parker Laboratories Inc. (US), Metrex Research LLC (US), Soluscope SA (France), Dr. Schumacher GmbH (Germany), Whiteley Medical (New Zealand), MMM Group (Germany), GAMA Healthcare Ltd. (UK), Ruhof Corporation (US), BODE Chemie GmbH (Germany), PDI (US), Advanced Ultrasound Solutions Inc. (US), IMA-X (Luxembourg), Diversey Holdings (US), Borer Chemie AG (Switzerland), and Medevice Healthtech (India).