Digital impression standalone scanners use various optical sources to obtain a clear, three-dimensional image of the oral area. This process is crucial for enhancing the precision of the analysis of oral conditions, since it removes the need for manual scanning and diagnosis and thus eliminates the risk of human error. Orthodontic procedures, dental bridges, and dentures are some of the common procedures that use digital impression standalone scanning.
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According to a market intelligence study added to the growing market research catalog of Market Research Reports Search Engine (MRRSE), the global digital impressions standalone scanners market is expected to exhibit a robust 17.1% CAGR between 2014 and 2020. Analysts at Transparency Market Research have predicted a valuation of close to US$180 mn for the global digital impression standalone scanners market by 2020. The market was valued at US$54.4 mn in 2013, which illustrates the magnitude of the growth rate expected of the global digital impression standalone scanners market in the coming years.
Increasing Adoption of Digital Healthcare Infrastructure Drives Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market
The primary driver of the global digital impression standalone scanner market is the rising use of IT solutions in the healthcare sector. This has allowed several governments to provide a suitable infrastructure base for the large-scale adoption of digital impression standalone scanners. The preexisting availability of compatible infrastructure also means that the digital impression standalone scanners can establish a firm foothold quickly, which has boosted innovation in the global industry.
This has been of massive benefit to the global digital impression standalone scanners market, as prices have dropped steadily as a result of the intensive product innovation seen in the industry. Product innovation in the global digital impression standalone scanners industry has also led to the development of handheld and portable scanners, which are more convenient for both patients and physicians. Sustained R&D efforts in the global digital impression standalone scanners industry will help further the innovation in the market in the coming years.
However, the high cost of older digital impression standalone scanners has checked the global market for the same. Since advanced versions of medical devices are first released in developed regions such as North America and Europe, the rest of the world has to make do with older devices, which are prohibitively expensive for several medical establishments in underdeveloped countries. Nevertheless, the immense unmet medical need in countries such as China and India and the increasing demand for dental care in these regions are expected to become a significant opportunity for the global digital impression standalone scanners market in the coming years.
Optical Wand Technology Dominates Global Digital Impression Standalone Scanners Market
On the basis of technology, the global digital impression standalone scanners market is segmented into confocal microscopic imaging and optical wand technology. The low cost of the latter has enabled it to establish dominance in the global market. The introduction of powder-free scanners based on optical wand technology is expected to further drive the demand for digital impression standalone scanners in the coming years.
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Regionally, Europe was the largest market segment in 2013, accounting for more than 39% of the global digital impression standalone scanners market. However, China, India, and South Korea are expected to become major regional players in the global digital impression standalone scanners market in the coming years due to the increasing healthcare expenditure in these regions and the falling prices of digital impression standalone scanners.