Global Ultrasound Devices Market worth $8.1 Billion by 2017

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       Global Ultrasound Devices Market worth $8.1 Billion by 2017
The “Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Ultrasound Devices Market (2012 - 2017) - Global Trends &
Competitive Analysis” report, published by MarketsandMarkets (,
analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe,
APAC, and Rest of the World.

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This report studies the medical diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound devices market over the
forecast period 2012 – 2017.

Ultrasound imaging has been used as a diagnostic tool since the 1940s in a variety of applications,
especially in the fields of cardiology, radiology, and obstetrics & gynecology, and to a lesser extent in
urology and musculoskeletal. These applications constitute the conventional market for diagnostic
ultrasound devices. The technology has also found great use in general imaging and point-of-care
diagnostics, such as emergency medicine and anesthesia.

Ultrasound is one of the most affordable techniques of imaging and diagnosing various anatomical
abnormalities and structural deformities. Since it is a non-invasive technique, it has been highly
accepted by physicians, technicians and considered as a treatment of choice by patients. It is one of
the most commonly used devices for monitoring pregnant women, along with the fetus.

The therapeutic applications of ultrasound, such as ablation, have been well accepted by the medical
community due to its efficacy and speed. High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is applied in
ablation procedures that involve the removal of unwanted biological tissue. The HIFU procedure,
which lasts up to 15-20 minutes, has been successfully applied for the removal of uterine fibroids in
women and treatment of prostate cancer. Another type of therapeutic ultrasound technique is used
in lithotripsy. Lithotripsy has been used to treat bladder and kidney stones for the past few decades.
Initially pneumatic drills were used to break the stones; these lithotripters were powered electrically
and used invasively, and hence called intracorporeal lithotripters. The advanced extracorporeal
lithotripters, however, use high intensity focused ultrasonic waves to break gall, bladder or kidney
stones by rupturing them into small pieces through shockwaves; the pieces then flow out through the
urethra or through biliary ducts.

The total medical ultrasound devices market is estimated to be valued at $5.6 billion in 2011 and
predicted to reach $8.1 billion by 2017 at a CAGR of 6.2%. The most significant growth for the
specialties segment was seen in emergency medicine, anesthesiology and musculoskeletal
applications. The demand for point-of-care diagnostics has driven the market for the last 5 years and
is expected to be a prime driver for the forecast period.

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Description: The medical ultrasound devices market consists of devices that involve the projection of cyclic sound waves ranging between 20 KHz – 10 MHz. These waves create varying pressures on biological tissues, based on the level of frequencies used. Ultrasound has the ability to raise the temperature of a substance when directed in focused waves, and thus also finds therapeutic applications.