Over the past few years, small animal imaging technology has been recognized as one of the most successful tools used for preclinical research. Small animal imaging technology is being extensively used for drug development and developmental biology studies across the globe. The small animal imaging market includes the equipment and reagents that are primarily used for preclinical imaging of rats and mice for the development of drugs and for gene expression studies. Small animal imaging devices are similar to the imaging modalities that are utilized for diagnostic purposes in humans.
Due to their small size, devices used for small animal imaging are referred to as micro-devices, and include micro-SPECT, micro-MRI, and others. Functional, molecular, and anatomical analysis in pre-imaging provides important information that can be used to understand various activities of pharmaceutical compounds during phase I of clinical trials or at the preclinical stage. Such analysis and visualization support studies that evaluate API activity to establish its toxicity or safety.
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Multimedia and Optical Imaging Segments to Dominate Global Small Animal Imaging Market
The global small animal imaging market is segmented on the basis of region, application, device, and reagent. Some of the devices popularly used across the global small animal imaging market are micro-computed tomography (CT), micro-positron emission tomography (PET), micro-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), micro-single positron emission computed tomography (SPECT), optical imaging, micro-photoacoustic tomography (PAT), multimodal imaging, and micro-ultrasound imaging. Micro-MRI and micro-CT devices have firmly established themselves in the market. Going forward, the multimodal and optical imaging segments are predicted to be the fastest-growing segments of the global small animal imaging market.
Small animal imaging technology is being used in many applications such as cardiology, oncology, neurology, autoimmune, and psychiatry.
Based on region, the global small animal imaging market is divided into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World. The global small animal imaging market is highly competitive in nature. The level of competition is expected to increase with the entry of new players. Leading players are focusing on acquiring new players so as to maintain their dominant position in the years to come. Some of the prominent players operating in the global small animal imaging market are Aspect Imaging, TriFoil Imaging Inc., Agilent Technologies, Inc., Bruker Corporation, LI-COR Biosciences, Inc., Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, FujiFilm VisualSonics, Perkin Elmer, Inc., Siemens AG, Promega Corporation, Targeson, Inc., and SCANCO Medical AG.
Optical Imaging Contrast Reagent Segment to Replace Radiotracers
By reagent type, the global small animal imaging market is classified into MRI contrast reagents, computed tomography (CT) contrast reagents, nuclear imaging contrast reagents, ultrasound contrast reagents, and optical imaging contrast reagents. Currently, the global small animal imaging market is led by the optical imaging contrast reagent segment. Due to their features such as safety and usefulness, optical imaging contrast reagents are predicted to be the most suitable alternative to radiotracers for preclinical imaging studies.
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Over the past few years, the global small animal imaging market has gone through many changes and advancements. The increase in research funding has supported the growth of the global market for small animal imaging. In the years to come, the growing installation base of optical imaging and the multimodal market are expected to propel the global small animal imaging market.