The Global Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery Market

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					The Global Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted
Surgery Market
Information technology plays a key role in an ever-widening range of human activities, including
surgery. Computers, working in tandem with a variety of microprocessor-enabled equipment and
instruments, support and facilitate the work of the surgeon and have brought a level of safety and
precision to surgery that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago.

These computers, electronic equipment and instruments are referred to collectively as medical
robotics and computer-assisted surgery (MRCAS) or, more dramatically, "the operating room of
the future." MRCAS is used in a growing number of operating rooms around the world, largely
as a result of the growing popularity of minimally invasive surgical (MIS) techniques. Minimally
invasive, or "keyhole" surgery is an alternative to traditional open-incision surgery in a growing
number of procedures. MIS utilizes special instruments that can be inserted and manipulated
through small incisions (sometimes no more than a few millimeters long) under remote optical or
video guidance, greatly reducing patient trauma and recovery times.

The need to perform delicate surgical procedures safely in tight spaces where the surgeon cannot
directly see has created a growing market for devices that act as extensions of the surgeon's eyes
and hands: remote imaging, data processing and feedback, and robotics. Meanwhile, MRCAS
technology has been evolving, as have the medical and economic environments in which it is
used. Populations are aging, increasing demand for a wide range of age-related surgical
procedures such as heart and orthopedic surgery. Technological advances have expanded the
range of surgical procedures that can be performed using minimally invasive techniques, making
them accessible to even more people.

The structure of the hospital industry, the main user of MRCAS, is also changing as hospitals
consolidate and other health care options such as walk-in surgical clinics become available to
consumers. Private and government health insurers around the world are becoming more cost-
conscious, forcing hospitals to re-evaluate their capital spending plans but strengthening the case
for technologies that can reduce the cost of surgical procedures. Medical malpractice suits
continue to be common in markets like the United States, so technologies that increase the
precision and accuracy of surgery have obvious appeal.

In such a fast-moving field, there is a pressing need to develop and maintain an up-to-date base
of market information in order to better understand the dynamics of the market for MRCAS
devices and equipment.

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

This report is an updated and expanded version of an earlier (2011) BCC Research analysis of
U.S. and global markets for MRCAS equipment. The updated report is based on the most recent
market information available, and analyzes technological, economic and regulatory
developments that may have a long-term impact on the size and structure of the MRCAS market.
The new report also contains a more in-depth and detailed analysis of selected foreign markets
than its predecessor offered.

More specific objectives of this report are to:

      Identify and segment the main types of MRCAS devices that have been commercialized
       to date.
      Analyze the historical and current volume and value of shipments of each of these
       product segments in specified applications and geographical markets.
      Identify and evaluate the impact of demographic, economic and other factors that will
       drive future demand for MRCAS devices.
      Forecast the volume and value of product shipments by equipment type and application
       and by probabilities that future demand will be higher or lower than the baseline forecast.
      Identify promising new surgical procedures and products still in the development and
       testing stage and assess the probability that they will be commercialized successfully
       within the next five years.
      Forecast the potential market for these developmental procedures and products, taking
       into account the estimated probability that they will be commercialized.
      Identify leading manufacturers of the devices and analyze the structure of the MRCAS
       industry (e.g., market shares, concentration, and recent M&A activity).
      Assess the long-term outlook for MRCAS equipment, taking into account market
       opportunities as well as technological, financial and economic factors.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This report has been written for the entire MRCAS interest community, especially those in:

      The medical and surgical devices industry.
      Medical research institutions.
      Investing.
      The financial and analyst community.
Although the report is structured around specific technologies, it is largely non-technical in
nature. That is, it is concerned less with theory and jargon than with what works, how much of
the latter the market is likely to purchase and at what price.

As such, the report's main audience is executive management and marketing and financial
analysts. It is not written specifically for scientists and technologists, although its findings
insofar as the markets for their work, including the availability of government and corporate
research funding for different technologies and applications, should interest them as well.

SCOPE AND FORMAT

This report is an analytical business tool with the primary purpose of describing the MRCAS
equipment industry and the global market for these devices. MRCAS equipment is defined as
computer- or microprocessor-enabled devices and accessories that are physically situated in the
operating room and directly assist the surgeon in planning and carrying out surgical procedures.
Thus, the scope of the study does not include:

      Devices that provide images and other information but are not an integral part of the
       MRCAS system, such as preoperative imaging (e.g., CT, MRI) equipment or laboratory
       and other analytical devices.
      Computerized medical records systems.
      Electronic operating room equipment such as heart monitors that enable the surgical team
       to monitor the patient's condition but do not assist the surgeon directly in carrying out the
       operation.
      Other nonelectronic operating room equipment.

The format of the study is organized around the following topics:

      Major types and applications of MRCAS.
      Industry structure.
      Market size and segmentation, including historical data on sales by application, product
       type and geographical market.
      Market drivers.
      Detailed market projections through 2017.
      Competition and market shares.
      Observations and conclusions regarding the future of the MRCAS market.


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