Technetium-99m Market Size and Forecasts (2020 - 2030), Global and Regional Share, Trends, and Growth Opportunity Analysis

Coverage: Technetium-99m Market covers analysis Isotopic Application (Gamma Care and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)); End User (Hospitals, Diagnostic Centers, and Others) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, South and Central America), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and South and Central America)

Publication Month : Sep 2023

  • Report Code : TIPRE00029981
  • Category : Biotechnology
  • Status : Upcoming
  • No. of Pages : 150
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A radioactive isotope called technetium-99m (Tc-99m) is generally used for imaging and diagnostic applications. It was first isolated from molybdenum-99 decay in 1938 that is primarily created in nuclear reactors, and it is widely used radioactive isotope tracer is SPECT (single-photon emission computerised tomography). It generally used for imaging of the brain, bones, lungs, kidneys, thyroid, heart, gall bladder, liver, spleen, bone marrow, salivary and lachrymal glands, blood pool, and sentinel nodes. Due to its brief six-hour half-life and the fact that it is not restricted to a primary organ, it is widely preferred radionuclide as compared to other nuclear agents. Additionally, the region of perfusion in an organ or the tissue is assessed by the understanding of the radiotracer, determining reversible or irreversible ischemia.

Key factors responsible for technetium-99m market growth includes expansion activities of key radiopharma players, increasing applications in clinical trials and surge in aging population. Furthermore pipeline assessment of new drugs and disease indication mortality also driving the technetium-99m market growth. Rise in the number of diagnostic procedures conducted using Tc-99m based modality for various diseases is likely to further drive the technetium-99m market growth. In addition, recent advances in SPECT/CT are diverse, such as whole-body SPECT/CT imaging in which series of images are acquired from various bed positionsand amplifies the market growth.

The requirement for a consistent and reliable supply of Tc-99m is another factor driving the market growth. On the other hand, Tc-99m is occasionally in short supply due to the ageing infrastructure of these reactors and sporadic supply chain disruptions. Thus, to ensure a steady supply, efforts are being made to expand the production methods of Mo-99 and Tc-99m. To decrease the dependence on reactors, accelerator-based production and generation technology, the alternate production methods of Tc-99m and Mo-99 are being developed. These aforementioned developments are meant to improve Tc-99m availability and alleviate supply chain issues.

Furthermore, the market for technetium-99m is influenced by reimbursement practices and regulatory frameworks. Tc-99m production and distribution are impacted by laws controlling the safe handling, transportation, and disposal of radioactive materials. In addition to this, pricing and accessibility of nuclear medicine imaging procedures are significantly influenced by reimbursement regulations and healthcare funding, which has an impact on the demand for Tc-99m.

The "Global technetium-99m market Analysis to 2030" is a specialized and in-depth study focusing on the global technetium-99m market trends and growth opportunities. The report aims to provide an overview of the global technetium-99m market with detailed market segmentation by isotopic application, end-use, and geography. The global technetium-99m market has witnessed high growth over the recent past and is expected to continue this trend during the forecast period. The report provides key statistics on the uses of technetium-99m worldwide and their demand in major regions and countries. In addition, the report provides a qualitative assessment of various factors affecting the technetium-99m market performance in major regions and countries. The report also includes a comprehensive analysis of the leading technetium-99m market players and their key strategic developments. Several analyses on the market dynamics are also included to help identify the key driving factors, market trends, and lucrative technetium-99m market opportunities that would, in turn, aid in identifying the major revenue pockets.

Further, ecosystem analysis and Porter's five forces analysis provide a 360-degree view of the global technetium-99m market. This helps understand the entire supply chain and various market growth factors.

The global technetium-99m market is segmented based on isotopic application, end user, and geography. Based on isotopic application, the technetium-99m market is bifurcated as, Gamma Care and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT). On the basis of end-user technetium-99m market is categorized into hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and others. Data published by the World Nuclear Association in 2023 estimates that more than 10,000 hospitals worldwide employ radioisotopes for medical purposes, with 90% of the procedures going towards diagnosing infectious diseases, cancer, and neurological problems. In terms of revenue, the hospital segments accounted for a significant portion of the global technetium-99m market in 2022. Technetium-99m products, isused in the treatment of coronary heart disease, neurological disorders, and diabetes, in hospitals. Nuclear medicine uses radioisotopes, and hospitals are a key distribution channel. Hospitals have improved technology systems and reimbursement schemes for treating diseases, according to government healthcare institutions.

In 2022, North America accounted for the largest market share in the global technetium-99m market, owing to the rising need for medical devices and services, increasing ageing population, and the need for cutting-edge medical devices and technology.

However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow significantly due to the increasing investment in health care sector. The region is particularly concentrating on expanding the number of medical and research institutes as well as developing more specialised care facilities. Additionally, several nations have seen an increase in overall healthcare spending per capita. In developing countries of Asia Pacific and the Middle East, the provision of healthcare physicians, facilities, and treatments to the population is still not robust. As a result, there is enormous potential for the growth of healthcare facilities in these areas, which would increase the need for better imaging methods. Therefore, all the above-discussed factors are expected to amplify the technetium-99m market growth.

Partnership, acquisitions and new product launches were found to be the major strategies adopted by the players operating in the global technetium-99m market.

In October 2022, Nuclear Medicine Europe reported a shortage of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99)/technetium-99m (Tc-99m) through and beyond the third week of November. Nuclear medicine techniques used to diagnose and treat a wide range of illnesses like Alzheimer's, some malignancies, and heart disease serve more than 20 million Americans each year. Any interruption in the supply chain has an impact on patient care because it prevents access to the most recent medications, imaging technology, and diagnostic procedures.

In September 2022, NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC. and IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A., EURONEXT), collaborated to increase global availability of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), the most widely used medical radioisotope. The collaboration allows companies from outside of the United States to access the Tc-99m Generation Systems (TCM Generation Systems) that operate NorthStar's proprietary non-uranium based Mo-99 produced using IBA's accelerators and beamlines.

The covid-19 pandemic led to a decline in the progress of many industries across the globe. The closure of manufacturing plants and trade restrictions led to supply chain disruptions for manufacturers across the globe. The technetium-99m market experienced a decline during the pandemic due to the limited supply and production of technetium-99m on global level. Conversely, the technetium-99m market is growing after the significant efforts taken by market stakeholders and healthcare practitioners to manage the disrupted supply chain. For instance, in 2020, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that they have among the centers to share technetium-99m to fullfill requirement. Furthermore, the rising demand for technetium-99m owing to increasing prevelance of cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and bone disorders driving the market growth. In 2021, the launch of vaccines controlled the infection, which led to the ease in government restrictions and increased the production of technetium-99m on a large scale. This further helps in stabilizing the overall market growth with a slight negative effect during the pandemic.

Some of the key players operating in the technetium-99m market GE Healthcare, Curium, Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc., Mallinckrodt, Siemens Healthineers, Advanced Accelerator Applications, Bayer AG, Eckert & Ziegler, Advanced Cyclotron Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd., Philips, and Jubilant Life Sciences Limited among others.

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The List of Companies
1. GE Healthcare
2. Curium
3. Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.
4. Mallinckrodt
5. Siemens Healthineers
6. Advanced Accelerator Applications
7. Bayer AG
8. Eckert & Ziegler
9. Advanced Cyclotron Systems, Inc.
10. Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
11. Philips
12. Jubilant Life Sciences Limited.

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