IBISWorld expects the market for analytic and diagnostic services to return to growth in the five years to 2019. Scientific advances will yield new and improved service capabilities and the aging US population will increasingly require more and better diagnostic imaging services. Additionally, growing access to healthcare insurance for US citizens will continue to boost demand by making industry services more affordable for patients. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement cuts may limit profit growth, but an industry-wide trend toward consolidation will likely help operators reduce costs and maintain bargaining power with health insurance providers.
This industry includes outpatient freestanding facilities that use machines and techniques to create images of the inside of a patient's body. The technology that is used depends on symptoms and the part of the body being examined. Operators use various types of diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, CT scans, nuclear medicine scans, MRI scans and ultrasound. Imaging facilities within a larger hospital are excluded, but mobile laboratories are included.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.