- More than 40 percent of US hospitals have installed radiology 3D image/display technology, according to a survey by HIMSS Analytics.
The remaining hospitals likely have a radiology picture archive and communication system (PACS), which stores standard 2D images. In fact, adoption of PACS reached 90 percent back in 2013.
HIMSS Analytics defines radiology 3D image/display as medical image software dedicated to digital imaging and communications in medicine that supports 3D displays.
The US hospital adoption of radiology 3D image/display technology nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, and that number is expected to continue to increase over the next few years, according to HIMSS Analytics stats.
Close to 50 US hospitals said they are very likely to purchase a radiology 3D image/display solution, and 10 hospitals have made public plans to buy one or more radiology 3D image/display solution, either as a new one or as a replacement for an existing one.
Three primary vendors dominate the market for radiology 3D image/display technology: Terarecon, GE Healthcare, and Toshiba.
A full 60 percent of hospitals with an installed or planned radiology 3D image/display solution have more than 100 staffed beds.
HIMSS Analytics noted that there is an “immense amount of greenspace” in the radiology 3D image/display technology market, with new opportunities opening up.
It said that vendors should consider target US southern states, because adoption rates are much lower than in other regions of the country. At the same time, the sales cycle for the technology could be slow, so a vendor will need first to convince hospitals that they need the technology before convincing them that they need the vendor’s system.
“The bottom line: 3D imaging technology is transforming healthcare. With a more detailed image, healthcare providers can improve the speed and accuracy of their diagnoses, reduce the amount of radiation exposed to patients and, ultimately, achieve better outcomes across the board,” HIMSS Analytics concluded.