The Handheld Ultrasound Devices Market Will Grow Faster Than The Mobile Ultrasound Devices Market To 2022
Portable ultrasound devices are used in the healthcare industry as diagnostic imaging equipment that are small in size and light in weight, and can be moved easily from one place to other. The portable ultrasound devices market is segmented by type of device into mobile ultrasound devices and handheld ultrasound devices. Handheld ultrasound devices are devices that can be used for abdominal, pelvic, fetal, peripheral vessel and cardiac imaging and be carried around easily. These devices are equipped with instant sharing capabilities and can be connected to smartphones by wireless networks such as Wi-Fi. Handheld ultrasound devices are widely used in home care and military campaigns, particularly for analyzing musculoskeletal problems.
Despite being the smallest segment by type of device in the portable ultrasound devices market in 2018, the handheld ultrasound devices market is expected to grow the fastest to $1,631.8 million in 2022 at an annual rate of nearly 30%. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for handheld ultrasound devices used in abdominal, pelvic, fetal, peripheral vessel and cardiac imaging. The increasing applications of handheld ultrasound devices for diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems such as muscle tears, ligament tears and strains, hernias, and inflammation also contribute to its growth.
The mobile ultrasound devices market was the largest segment of the global portable ultrasound devices market in 2018, accounting for more than 80% of the total share. This can be attributed to the increased demand for mobile ultrasound devices used in urology for renal, prostate and bladder assessments. This segment will grow at nearly 21% growth rate to 2022.
Mobile ultrasound devices are the systems that can be easily moved and can be operated on battery power. These small-sized and lightweight devices are used for radiographic imaging of patients who cannot be shifted to and diagnosed in the radiology department, and those in the intensive and critical care units that lack fixed radiographic equipment. These devices are larger than handheld devices and are used for imaging complex tissues or organs. They can be used in urology for renal, prostate and bladder assessments.
The portable ultrasound devices market is also segmented by type of end-use application into cardiovascular, obstetric/gynecological, gastro, musculoskeletal, and point of care/others. Out of these, the point of care/others segment was the largest in 2018, accounting for 35.7% of the total share. This can be attributed to the increased applications of portable ultrasound devices used in dermatology, critical care medicine, anesthesia and ophthalmology. The point of care/others segment will also be the fastest growing segment of the portable ultrasound devices market, growing at an annual rate of 24.7% to 2022.