Nuclear Global Market – A Step Ahead in Healthcare

Posted in Medical Devices by Adolf on Jul 11,2022 313

The word cancer itself is enough to make us shudder with uneasiness, and considering how fatal it can be if not diagnosed and treated on time. To treat the disease, there are various treatments that exist such as chemotherapy, nuclear medicine, radiation, surgery etc. Although the cure cannot offer a complete solution, it prolongs the life expectancy of the affected individual.

As we discuss about the different cures for cancer, we will look more deeply into one of the remedies for the disease, which is Nuclear Medicine or Radiopharmaceuticals. These are radioactive compounds administered to the patient, and monitored via specific imaging devices, for diagnosis and therapeutic purposes. It is composed of a radioisotope bond to an organic molecule. The organic molecule conveys the radioisotope to specific organs, tissues or cells. The radioisotope is selected for its properties. Radiopharmaceuticals are used in the field of nuclear medicine as radioactive tracers in medical imaging and in therapy for many diseases (for example, brachytherapy). Many radiopharmaceuticals use technetium-99m (Tc-99m) which has many useful properties as a gamma-emitting tracer nuclide.

Over the past 50 years, the nuclear medicine field has displayed a strong link between investments in chemistry and the development of radionuclide and radio-labelled compounds which have impacted the healthcare practice. Nuclear medicine comprises diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that use radioisotopes for applications like oncology, cardiovascular and neurological disorders to provide information at both molecular and cellular levels for probing, tracking tissue function, study disease progression and assessing treatment responses.

Growth and Segments of the Nuclear/Radiopharmaceuticals Medicine Global Market -

The market is poised to grow at a high single digit CAGR from 2020 to 2027 to reach US$10,742.7 million by 2027. Increasing radioisotopes applications, rise in public awareness, use of SPECT/CT and PET/CT imaging scans, the abundance of radiopharmaceuticals, advancement in imaging technology (hybrid imaging) and alpha therapy based targeted cancer treatment is boosting nuclear medicine market growth. In addition, increasing need in emerging markets, production of radiopharmaceuticals from cyclotrons, efficient diagnosis and treatments, emerging radio isotopes and replacement of old/traditional equipment are the opportunities likely to propel the growth of the nuclear medicine market.

The nuclear/radiopharmaceuticals medicine global market is classified based on modality into diagnosis and therapeutics. The diagnostics market commanded the largest market revenue in 2020 and is expected to grow at a mid-single digit CAGR from 2020 to 2027 due to an increase in SPECT and PET procedures. The therapeutics segment is projected to grow at high teen CAGR from 2020 to 2027 due to technological advancements in the targeted treatment of cancers. Potential new radioisotopes in the pipeline and advancement in neurological treatments are the key factors driving the growth of the therapeutics market.
PET is the fastest-growing segment due to an increase in the adoption of cyclotron for the production of PET isotopes increasing its availability. The PET isotopes include Fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG), Gallium (Ga-68), Rubidium (Rb-82) and others. By applications it is segmented into cardiology, oncology, neurology, inflammation and others. Among this oncology is projected to grow due to an increase in the patient pool of lung, thyroid, brain breast cancer and dementia related conditions.

The therapeutic nuclear medicine market is segmented based on radiation type into alpha radiation, beta radiation and brachytherapy. Beta radiation therapy by isotopes is further segmented into Y-90, I-131, Lu-177, Sm-153, Re-186, Sr-89, Er-169 and from them Lu-177 is increasingly adopted for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumor. Brachytherapy isotopes are used in the treatment of lung cancer, prostate cancer, eye-related disease (retinoblastoma and eye plaque) and brain cancer. Further, therapeutic nuclear medicine by application is segmented into prostate cancer, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, gastro-entero-pancreatic-neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs), metastatic bone cancer, breast cancer and others.

The Nuclear Medicine market includes stable isotopes that are classified into isotopes and applications. Isotopes considered are carbon (C-13), deuterium (D2), oxygen (O-18), nitrogen (N-15), Sulphur (S-32) and others. Deuterium (D-2) is the fastest-growing market with a projected CAGR of 3.3% from 2020 to 2027 due to the use of deuterium as a dietary supplement of deuterium-depleted water which helps to extend the survival rate of lung cancer patient via exerting anticancer effect and modification of deuterium leads to the development of novel, highly differentiated drugs which have therapeutic applications in diabetic nephropathy, hot flashes, spasticity, neuropathic pain and multiple melanomas.

Some of the key players of the nuclear medicine market are Curium Pharma (France), Bayer Group (Germany), GE Healthcare (U.S.), Cardinal Health (U.S.), Jubilant Life science (India), Lantheus Medical Imaging (U.S.), Novartis International AG (Advanced accelerator) (Switzerland), South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd) (South Africa), and Fujifilm Holding Corporation (Japan).

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