Digital mammogram market to top $663 million in four years
A new report finds that in 2006 the digital mammography market rose 110 percent over its 2005 level, topping $313 million. The considerable growth will continue and is expected to skyrocket to above $663 million by 2011 driven by the efficient workflow and picture analyzing capabilities the systems provide, according to Waltham, Ma.-based Millennium Research Group (MRG).

"The 2005 Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST) found that digital systems were superior to film screen systems for imaging women under the age of 50, and those with dense breasts," says Robert Mak, analyst at MRG. "In addition to digital mammography, other breast imaging markets, particularly breast MRI, will experience strong growth rates from 2007 to 2011.”

In March 2007, the American Cancer Society published new guidelines for breast screening using MRI recommending annual screening for women at a high risk of developing breast cancer. This will increase procedural demand for breast MRI, which in turn will drive system sales," added Mak.

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