MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the inception of the market in 1998 and until 2008, revenue from the North American computer aided detection and diagnosis (CAD) market continued to grow rapidly year over year. It surpassed the $100 million mark for the first time in 2007. However, this upward trend was reversed in 2009 due to several factors affecting global healthcare. Once confined to image analysis and pattern recognition algorithms, CAD solutions have expanded dramatically in recent years to provide more workflow management functions for the diseases and conditions they cover.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's ( http://www.medicalimaging.frost.com) North American Market for Computer-aided Detection and Diagnosis research finds that the market earned revenue of $103.5 million in 2010 and estimates this to reach $181.7 million in 2017.
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"From CAD solutions used on the spot, some have evolved into computer-assisted decision-making solutions or computer-assisted pre-surgical assessment solutions, whereby they provide more of an end-to-end solution used prior, during and after treatment or surgery and for accessing databases for clinical decision support," said Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Nadim Daher. "Applications such as prostate treatment or liver transplantation will drive CAD from a mere detection and diagnosis tool to a more complete solution providing image based analytics, disease quantification, treatment assessment, and workflow management."Regardless of the unfavorable market conditions prevailing in North America since 2008, CAD industry participants have continued to fuel their R&D efforts and expand their product portfolio. As a result, the market is slowly starting to move towards multi-modality solutions, a trend that is poised to broaden market appeal of CAD through numerous sales channels. Reimbursement is a key element in the business model for CAD purchases. The profitability of medical imaging service lines is being challenged as reimbursement rates for procedures continue to fall at the rate of a few percentage points annually due to various Medicare reimbursement cuts and healthcare reforms. In this tough economic landscape, it becomes difficult for clinicians to justify the extra cost that CAD adds to imaging procedures, without a clear financial return.