Global Cholangioscope Market: Overview

The momentum in the global cholangioscope market picked up in the 1970, when the first use of preoral cholangioscope was reported. The adoption of these techniques and the uptake of the relevant and key equipment, i.e. the cholangioscope was heavily affected by certain limitations related to technology and maintenance. Some of the major challenges faced by manufacturers producing products in the global cholangioscope market include high repair costs, poor irrigation capabilities, limitations in steer-ability, and the requirement of two operators for carrying out the procedure. Products in the global cholangioscope market that were the markers of the beginning of this field were known as ‘mother-baby’ cholangioscopes and faced many technical and procedural limitations.

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Newer and more advanced products in the global cholangioscope market are aimed at overcoming the limitations faced during the usage of traditional cholangioscopes. These new cholangioscopes are equipped with advanced technological tools that allows them to provide optically guided therapeutics for stone management and targeted stricture. New equipment and devices offered by players and manufacturers in the global cholangioscope market can also be operated by a single operator or professional. All of these characteristics are pivotal in re-establishing and re-branding pancreatoscopy and cholangioscopy as essential therapeutic as well as diagnostic procedure. Players and research institutes working within the global cholangioscope market are continuing their commitment to deliver direct visualization of biliary trees and providing enhanced tools for better and speedier diagnostics, that with allow healthcare professionals to initiate timely treatment.

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Cholangioscope Market Introduction

Cholangioscope is a device used for non-invasive endoscopic procedure for direct visual diagnostic evaluation of the bile ducts. Cholangioscopy is performed when endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography is not sufficient to provide a clear diagnostic image. Reaction to sedatives, sore throat, gas, and cramps are some of the side effects of cholangioscope. 

Cholangioscope Market - Competitive Landscape

Key players operating in the global cholangioscope market are Arthrex, Inc., B. Braun Melsungen AG, Boston Scientific Corporation, Cook Medical, Inc., Medtronic plc, Johnson & Johnson, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, HOYA Corporation, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, and Olympus Corporation. Suppliers in the global cholangioscope market include manufacturers of components of various electronic devices such as visualization systems, energy devices, and other medical grade devices. Increase in mergers & acquisitions, strategic collaborations, and new product launches are expected to drive the global market during the forecast period. Additionally, strong product portfolio, high brand recognition, and wide geographic presence are likely to propel the global cholangioscope market during the forecast period. The global market for cholangioscope is highly competitive, with presence of large number of players facing cut throat price competition from small distributors and local players. Various organizations also offer original equipment manufacturing (OEM) services. This has enabled global companies to meet local demand. 

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KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is one of the leading medical devices companies which designs, manufactures and sells endoscopic equipment for cholangioscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, gynecology, urology, and others. The company also offers product range in veterinary and industrial application. The company majorly operates in Europe and North America. KARL STROZ is a privately held company and is headquartered in Tuttlingen, Germany. 

Olympus Corporation

Olympus Corporation is a global company with expertise in imaging techniques. The company operates in the business segments which include medical, life science and industrial, imaging, information and communication, and others. In medical segment, the company provides endoscopic imaging, endoscopic ultrasound, and catheters and newly introduced capsule endoscope. The company was formerly known as Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Olympus Corporation in the year 2003. The company was incorporated in 1919 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. 

Cholangioscope Market Dynamics

The global cholangioscope market is driven by various factors at regional, national, as well as global level. Aging population and increase in trend of minimally invasive surgeries are the major factors contributing to the growth of the global market. Moreover, surge in technological innovations and investment by public and private sectors for the advancement of health care are projected to propel the global market during the forecast period. However, high cost of cholangioscope devices and lack of skilled surgeons are likely to restrain the global market during the forecast period. Cholangioscope requires highly sophisticated technology and expertise in manufacturing and adding technological advancements in it. These factors increase the overall cost of cholangioscope and accessories. This acts as a major restraint of the global cholangioscope market. 

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Technological Innovations are driving the Cholangioscope Market

Technological innovations in medical cholangioscope have increased the scope of the market and therefore increased the customer base. For instance, in 2015, Boston Scientific launched SpyGlass DS II Direct Visualization System which provides high resolution imaging during cholangiopancreatography procedure.

Less Number of Skilled Professionals would Restraint the Market for Cholangioscope

Cholangioscope requires highly sophisticated technology and extreme expertise in manufacturing and adding technological advancements. Low awareness, high cost of technology and huge gap in number of physicians available for population, there is always scarcity of trained healthcare professional for handling endoscopic devices. According to World Bank data, in 2010 there were 2.4 and 2.7 physicians per 1,000 people in the United States and United Kingdom whereas China, India and Indonesia have 1.8, 0.6 and 0.3 physicians including general and specialist medical practitioners respectively. Brazil and Mexico have 1.8 and 2.0 physicians per 1,000 people respectively. Lesser number of physicians in emerging and developing market forms major restraint for the growth of cholangioscope market.

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