A bladder scanner is a noninvasive portable tool for diagnosing, managing, and treating urinary outflow dysfunction. It measures ultrasonic reflections within the patient’s body to differentiate the urinary bladder from the surrounding tissue. The scanner provides reliable and quick information in the diagnosis and effective treatment of several urological conditions. It also decreases the occurrence of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and prevents unnecessary catheterization.
These devices can be used in community settings apart from the hospital environment due to potential benefits such as ease of use and portability. The device is used to evaluate urinary retention, bladder volume, and post-voidal residual volume in postoperative patients with decreased urine output and patients with urinary incontinence, urethral stricture, urinary tract infections, neurogenic bladder, enlarged prostate, and other types of lower urinary tract dysfunctions. The bladder scanner consists of two components: a hand-held transducer (scan head) and a base component that uses ultrasound technology to generate an image of the patient’s bladder.
Increasing incidence of urinary disorders such as urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, and voiding dysfunction is driving demand for bladder scanners. According to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), urinary tract infections are a common type of health care associated infections. Urinary catheters account for around 75% of hospital acquired urinary tract infections. The extended use of urinary catheters is the primary reason for developing catheter-associated UTI. Bladder scanners, due to their non-invasive technique, have reduced the risk of infections and trauma in patients as compared to methods such as catheterization. Improving risk management and clinical governance, advancement in health care infrastructure, and ease of use of technology are some of the other factors driving the demand for the portable ultrasound bladder scanners. However, development of other diagnostic procedures and technologies and stiff competition among existing bladder scanner device manufacturers are likely to hamper the Bladder Scanner Market during the forecast period.
The global bladder scanner market can be segmented based on product, scan type, application, end-user, and geography. In terms of product, the bladder scanner market can be classified into bench top bladder scanner, portable bladder scanner, and handheld bladder scanner. Based on scan type, the global bladder scanner market can be categorized into real-time and non-real-time. In terms of application, the market can be divided into urology, obstetrics-gynecology, rehabilitation, surgery, and others. Based on end-user, the global bladder scanner market can be classified into hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, home care settings, ambulatory surgical centers, and others. The hospitals segment is expected to account for a prominent share of the global bladder scanner market.
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In terms of geography, the global bladder scanner market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is likely to account for a significant share of the bladder scanner market due increasing demand for non-invasive procedures among patients, rising expenditure on health care services, and availability of reimbursement policies for diagnostics procedures. North America is followed by Europe in terms of market share. Asia Pacific is expected to be an attractive region of the market due to rapid advancement of health care infrastructure and increasing presence of major players in the region. India, China, and Brazil are expected to fuel expansion of the bladder scanner market due to increasing investments by government bodies to enhance health care facilities.