How Are Surgeries Improving with Use of Vascular Imaging Systems?

On account of the changes in lifestyle, tobacco and alcohol abuse, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition, the prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is rising.

On account of the changes in lifestyle, tobacco and alcohol abuse, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition, the prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) is rising. As per the World Health Organization (WHO), around 9.6 million deaths in the world are caused due to cancer each year. The organization also states that CVDs account for more than 17.9 million deaths across the world. Surgeons use vascular imaging systems to detect such diseases, as these systems can diagnose blockages in the veins, varicose veins, weakening of the arteries and veins, plaque formation, and blood clots.

Old people undergo vascular imaging tests more than young people. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that in the U.S., people aged 65 years and above undergo these tests twice as compared to individuals within the age group of 30–59 years. Therefore, with a boom in the aging population, the volume of vascular imaging procedures will escalate in the coming years.

The aging population is an outcome of the rising life expectancy due to the improvements in the healthcare infrastructure around the world. The elderly are more prone to CVDs, such as stroke, congenital heart disease, venous thrombosis, peripheral artery disease, heart failure, valvar heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, and aortic aneurysms, and they often experience slow heart rates due to fat deposits and a small increase in the heart size. The aged pool also experiences less flexibility and stiffening of the aorta and slight thickening of the capillary walls.

Currently, computed tomography (CT) is the most-widely used vascular imaging system in medical facilities. The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors Inc. (CRCPD) states that nearly 62 million CT procedures are conducted every year in the U.S. CT procedures create moving pictures of the insides of the body, as compared to traditional X-ray imaging procedures, which create still photographs. For example, neonatal abdominal CT produces 20 rotations, while an adult abdominal CT produces 10 rotations as compared to a lateral chest radiography system, which produces only 0.15 rotations.

Additionally, healthcare facilities such as hospitals, diagnostic centers, and specialty clinics also deploy X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and nuclear imaging systems, including single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET), to diagnose vascular diseases. The widescale deployment of these systems has encouraged medical device companies, such as Hitachi Ltd., Fujifilm Corporation, Siemens AG, Carestream Health, Canon Inc., General Electric Company, Carestream Health Inc., Esaote S.P.A, Koninklijke Philips N.V., and Shimazdu Corporation, to manufacture advanced variants and target more customers.

According to PS Intelligence, North America adopts the largest number of vascular imaging devices and equipment due to the growing awareness regarding imaging techniques in the region. Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) vascular imaging systems market will exhibit the fastest growth in the foreseeable future owing to the surging incidence of CVDs and cancer. Moreover, European countries, including Germany, France, and the U.K., utilize a large number of vascular imaging products due to the increasing cases of life-threatening ailments.

Thus, with the growing elderly population and escalating incidence of CVDs and cancer, the deployment of vascular imaging systems will soar in the foreseeable future.

Sheersh Shrivastava

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