The global Whole Slide Scanner market was valued at USD 274.0 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 428.5 million by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period. Whole slide imaging (WSI), also known as digital pathology (DP) or virtual microscopy, refers to the methods of visualization, navigation, concentrating, labeling, and classification of areas of focus inside glass tissue slides on a computer display. WSI is a paradigm shift in pathology that serves as a critical first step for a wide variety of digital tools to enter the field. Its basic function is to digitize glass slides for viewing and analyzing the digital images for further treatment of patients.
The demand for a digitalized processing workflow has increased significantly due to its use in surveillance and primary diagnosis of disease tissues taken from human specimen.
WSI has been used for a wide range of clinical purposes, including telepathology for primary diagnosis, consultation (second opinion), and remote interpretation. Whole slide images have been used to remotely display immunostaines, screen pathology slides on tumor boards, save selected consult slides before they are returned, archive slides before they are surrendered to use cellular material for molecular studies, and perform image analysis. Several authors documented their findings using WSI for primary and secondary (consultation) diagnostics. WSI is a useful approach for cytopathology. However, for cytopathology, WSI is used more for educational purposes than for routine diagnostics, as cytology slides cannot be scanned if they contain thick diaphragms or 3D cell groups in the specimens (for example, Pap tests).
Several Advantages of Digital Slides over Conventional Method
Digitalization offers high-resolution digital images within a reasonably short timeframe. Redondo et al. compared digital slides with photomicrographs taken using an optical microscope. Improved image quality was noted, in terms of color and contrast with the digital slides. Sharma et al. indicated that certain features of digital images are better than traditional methods, such as portability, archiving, sharing, and image analysis. Ramey et al. reported positive concordance results when virtual slides of frozen sections were checked on a mobile device (iPad). An additional advantage is the fast retrieval of archival photographs. Problems such as slide breakage and fading of stains were not observed in digital slides. Digital images enable computer-aided image processing. Quality assurance and testing are conducted effectively with the use of digital slides. It may serve as a permanent record of sent-out slides, slides sent for medical-legal cases, and digital image analysis. This, in turn, boosts the whole slide scanner market.
High Cost of Scanners
The whole slide scanner is costlier than the conventional imaging techniques. Research departments and laboratories prefer investing in conventional equipment such as automated tissue processors, slide stainers, glass coverslippers, and immunostainers (IHC) to delay decision-making on digital pathology systems installations. However, large hospitals with substantial capital budgets are able to afford whole slide scanners, which pathologists or scholars cannot affordable due to their limited budget or IT support. The high cost of these systems is expected to restrict their adoption during the forecast period.
Rapid Technological Advancements
Advances such as digital imaging, computerization, robotic light microscopy, and multiple fiber optic communications are contributing to the market development. Whole slide imaging is one such technique that has multiple advantages over traditional light microscopes, which is expected to create lucrative opportunities in the market in the coming years. Additionally, technologies such as microarrays and the incorporation of a wide variety of predictive models, such as hybrid models and API algorithms, are expected to fuel the whole slide scanner market. The incorporation of digital pathology, digital instruments, barcoding, specimen tracking, and digital dictation increases the safety, efficiency, and efficacy of disease diagnostics in pathology laboratories. The highest number of slides per scanning in the whole slide scanner is 1000 slides. However, the manufacturers are investing in whole slide scanners to increase the current number of slides capacity. This expected to create opportunities in the market during the forecast period.
On the basis of types, the whole slide scanner market is bifurcated into hardware and software. The hardware segment held around 77.1% share of the market in 2020 owing to the increasing demand for whole slide scanner components. The software segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period.
In terms of designs, the market is categorized as brightfield and fluorescence. The brightfield segment accounted for a market share of 68.6% in 2020 and the fluorescence segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period. Increasing preference for brightfield whole slide scanners over fluorescence whole slide scanners is projected to drive the brightfield segment during the forecast period.
Based on applications, the market is segregated into hospital, research institute, pharmaceutical companies, and others. The research institute segment accounted for market share of 55.3% in 2020 as a majority of whole slide scanners are utilized in research activities. The pharmaceutical companies’ segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period, as whole slide scanners are widely operated for product development.
In terms of regions, the global whole slide scanner market is fragmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America is a promising region for the market. The region constituted 42.6% share of the market in 2020. The demand for whole slide scanners is expected to rise due to increasing adoption of digital pathology in the region. The market in Asia Pacific is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.2% during the forecast period due to increasing prevalence of chronic diseases in the region.
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According to the Growth Market Reports report, in terms of value the market whole slide scanner is likely to register a CAGR of 5.7% during forecast period 2020-2027, with an anticipated valuation of USD 428.5 million by the end of the 2027.
The global whole slide scanner market report provides the additional data such as impact of key regulations, primary distinguishing factors for whole slide image scanners, whole slide imaging market overview, and product comparison/ analysis of key players.
The market is driven by factors such as several advantages of digital slides over conventional method, increasing research activities for different vaccines, rising adoption of digital pathology to enhance lab efficiency, and growing prevalence of cancer.
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The market is expected to witness an increase of 6.4% in 2020 as compared to 2019 owing to the positive impact of COVID-19.
The base year considered for the global whole slide scanner market report is 2019. The complete analysis period is 2017 to 2027, wherein, 2017 & 2018 are the historic years and the forecast is provided from 2020 to 2027.
Hospitals, research institutes, pharmaceutical companies, and others are the key end users driving the market growth.
Major Manufactures include 3DHISTECH Ltd., Akoya Biosciences, Inc., Carl Zeiss AG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, Grundium Ltd, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Huron Digital Pathology, KEYENCE CORPORATION, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH, MBF Bioscience, Mikroscan Technologies, Inc. Motic, Olympus Corporation, and OptraSCAN Inc.
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