US Market Report for Neurosurgery Navigation Systems 2017 - MedCore

US Market Report for Neurosurgery Navigation Systems 2017 - MedCore

  • November 2016 •
  • 73 pages •
  • Report ID: 4288759 •
  • Format: PDF
IGS was initially developed in the neurosurgical field to assist in accurately navigating the path to tumors in sensitive cranial areas. Many neurosurgical procedures could not be performed without the aid of some kind of a navigation system. As a standard of care procedure, IGS systems have a high penetration rate in the neurosurgical market, with most facilities that perform neurosurgery already having a system. As a result, neurosurgical IGS products have the highest proportion of expert surgeons using these devices. The neurosurgery IGS market is primarily a replacement market, with some new sales going to facilities that may require an additional system.

The neurosurgery market is unique in the sense that using a navigation system is already established as standard of care. Unit sales growth is projected to moderately increase in 2017 and to continue increasing over the forecast period. This is due to facilities replacing older systems. The neurosurgery navigation system market is very much a replacement and upgrade market. Leading companies are continuously developing brand new systems to try and entice facilities to replace their older systems.

Neurosurgery navigation, or neuronavigation, requires the use of computer-assisted technologies to guide or “navigate” neurosurgeons during cranial procedures. This type of surgery evolved from stereotactic surgery, which gained popularity during the 1940s. Stereotaxy was developed to better locate specific small targets within the patient using a three-dimensional coordinate system.

The current form of neuronavigation was established in the 1990’s but has significantly improved due to the implementation of new neuro-imaging technologies, real-time imaging capabilities, advancements in 3D localization and visualization, intraoperative capabilities, robotics and dramatic improvements in software. Neuronavigation has been at the forefront of image guided surgery (IGS) and computer assisted surgery (CAS) due to the level of sophistication associated with the procedures. It is continually evolving with the introduction of new technologies as well as the increased number of procedures for which it can be used. An example of a new technology emerging in this field is surgical virtualization. Neurosurgeons can essentially perform a trial virtual surgery using software which creates a 3D model of the surgical area, allowing them to assess the possible complications that may arise during the surgery and try alternative approaches to determine which will result in the most accurate results.