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REPORT # Nano-635 PUBLISHED May 24, 2013
Markets for Radiation Detection Equipment
  • Advanced Materials
  • Emerging Electronics
  • Smart Technology

    21st century civilization will rely more and more on effectively harnessing and developing the technologies that ionizing radiation has to offer. Even if weapons and power plants went away in the next 100 years, humanity would still rely on ionizing radiation to diagnose and treat disease, deliver safe food, and seek out carbon based energy sources. Sensors would still be employed in transportation corridors, shipping vehicles, and boarder security. Radiation detection, like the integrated circuit, may be mature technology, but it continues to deliver value and evolve with changing needs.

    NanoMarkets broke new ground with our report on radiation detection materials, but those materials are only part of the radiation sensor story. NanoMarkets now moves downstream to the devices themselves to see how the evolution of new material technologies and data processing intersect with the trends in the end-markets to deliver new form-factors, better performance, and lower cost. This report illustrates the trends in radiation sensors employed in four key applications arenas: medical detection and imaging, nuclear security and safety, energy and industrial applications, and scientific measurement and testing.

    Within this report, NanoMarkets delivers eight-year forecasts for key sensors used in radiation detection applications, such as medical gamma cameras, RIIDS, portal monitors, PET detectors, oil exploration and scientific sensors ( All demand forecasts are segmented by device type and world region. Readers of this report will understand macro-market drivers affecting technological changes and understand where technology push may be forcing disruptive changes. Key participant organizations will be profiled to illustrate their strategies and needs in this diverse market.

    NanoMarkets believes that executives and entrepreneurs, business development and product development professionals, as well as investors and inventors involved with radiation sensor equipment OEMs, electronics or materials providers, as well as device end users, will benefit from this comprehensive analysis.


    Executive Summary
    E.1 Opportunities in Radiation Detection Equipment
    E.1.1 Opportunities in Medical Radiology Devices
    E.1.2 Opportunities in Nuclear Medical Devices
    E.1.3 Opportunities in Homeland Security and Military Applications
    E.1.4 Opportunities in Industrial and Occupational Safety (Including Nuclear Energy)
    E.1.5 Opportunities in Custom Detectors
    E.2 Opportunities at the Intersection of Materials and Detectors
    E.2.1 Challenges for Inorganic Scintillation Materials
    E.2.2 Challenges for Semiconductors
    E.2.3 Challenges for Other Emerging Materials
    E.3 Companies to Watch
    E.4 Summary of NanoMarkets' Eight-Year Forecasts for Radiation Detection Equipment

    Chapter One: Introduction
    1.1 Background to This Report
    1.1.1 Radiation Equipment Market Characterized by Diversity
    1.1.2  Current Market Drivers for Radiation Detection Equipment
    1.1.3 Detection Choice and Market Segmentation
    1.1.4 New Opportunities and New Companies
    1.2 Objectives and Scope of This Report
    1.3 Methodology
    1.3.1 Data Sources
    1.3.2 Forecasting Methodology
    1.4 Plan of This Report

    Chapter Two: Medical Applications Part I: Medical X-Ray Detectors
    2.1 Radiography: Film to Digital
    2.1.1 Computed Radiography
    2.1.2 Digital Radiography
    2.1.3 Drivers in Digital Radiography
    2.1.4 Is DR Growing or Shrinking?
    2.2 Densitometry
    2.2.1 Bone Density Technology
    2.2.2 Market and Trends
    2.3 Computed Tomography
    2.3.1 Slices of Life
    2.3.2 Radiation Detectors for CT
    2.3.3 The Money in CT
    2.3.4 Radiation Dose Drivers in CT
    2.3.5 Regulation, the Slice Wars, and the State of the Art
    2.3.6 The Rise of Volumetric CT
    2.3.7 Opportunities in Volumetric CT
    2.4 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Three: Medical Applications Part II: Medical Detectors for Gamma Radiation
    3.1 Nuclear Medicine
    3.1.1  Techniques in Nuclear Medicine
    3.1.2  Segmentation in Nuclear Medicine
    3.1.3  Population Drivers
    3.1.4  Health and Safety Drivers
    3.1.5  Receding Medicare Reimbursements
    3.1.6  Emerging Technology Drivers in Nuclear Medicine
    3.2 Gamma Cameras
    3.2.1 Anger Cameras
    3.2.2 Anger Management: Technology Alternatives
    3.2.3  Holding On to the Anger
    3.3 Combined SPECT Techniques
    3.3.1 SPECT/CT
    3.3.2  SPECT/MRI
    3.4 PET Detectors
    3.4.1 PET/CT
    3.4.2 The New Breed of PETs
    3.4.3 PET Scintillators
    3.4.4 PET/MRI
    3.5 SPECT/CT vs. PET/CT: Who wins?
    3.6 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Four: Nuclear Safety, Homeland Security, and Military Detectors
    4.1 Ionizing Radiation: A Primer
    4.2  Radiation Safety, Measurement, and Interrogation Devices
    4.2.1 Passive Radiation Safety Devices
    4.2.2 Active Radiation Safety Devices
    4.3 Technology Trends in Radiation Detection and Safety Devices
    4.3.1 Personal Spectroscopy
    4.3.2 Better Resolution
    4.3.3 Fantastic Plastics
    4.4 Nuclear Energy Safety and Trends
    4.4.1 Fukushima Today
    4.4.2 Operational Nuclear Facilities
    4.4.3 Nations with Nuclear Anxieties
    4.4.4 Feeding the Dragon
    4.4.5 New Nukes
    4.4.6 Market Growth and Direction
    4.5 Nuclear Terrorism: Monitoring and Response
    4.5.1 Assaulting Nuclear Facilities
    4.5.2 Nuclear Smuggling
    4.5.3 Weapons of Mass Disruption
    4.5.4 Economic Impacts of Nuclear Terror
    4.5.5 Homeland Security
    4.5.6 Costs
    4.5.7  Military and Defense
    4.6 Industry Dynamics
    4.6.1 Portal Monitoring Players
    4.6.2 Additional Manufacturers of Radiation Security Equipment
    4.6.3 Consolidation?
    4.7 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Five: Industrial, Occupational, and Scientific Applications of Radiation Detectors
    5.1 Occupational and Institutional Radiation Safety
    5.1.1 Personal and Responder Risk
    5.1.2 Medical and Research Radiation Safety
    5.1.3 Food Irradiation
    5.1.4 Scrap Metal Recycling
    5.2 Industrial Radiography
    5.2.1 Good Bye Gamma
    5.2.2 Neutron Inspection
    5.2.3 Detectors for X-Ray NDT
    5.2.4 CT in NDT
    5.2.5 Copy and Paste Manufacturing
    5.3 Oil and Mineral Exploration
    5.3.1 Overall Oil and Gas Outlook
    5.3.2 Resource Exploration Challenges
    5.3.3 Waste and Safety Considerations
    5.4 Big Physics
    5.4.1 Cosmology
    5.4.2 High Energy Physics
    5.5 Key Points from this Chapter

    Chapter Six: Eight Year Forecasts for Radiation Detection Equipment
    6.1 Introduction and Forecasting Methodology
    6.1.1 Differences with Other NanoMarkets Reports
    6.1.2 Market Segments and Detectors Covered
    6.1.3 Key Assumptions
    6.1.4 Sources of Data
    6.2 Forecast for Radiation Detection Equipment by Type of Detector
    6.2.1 Global Forecasts
    6.2.2 Price Schedule for Different Radiation Detectors
    6.2.3 Regional Forecasts
    6.2.4 Market Sizes for Specific Safety and Monitoring Radiation Detectors
    6.3 Forecast for Radiation Detection Equipment by Market Segment
    6.3.1 Medical Diagnostic Market Segments
    6.3.2 Radiation Detectors for Nuclear Energy Markets
    6.3.3 Radiation Detectors for Homeland Security
    6.3.4 Radiation Detectors for Military Applications
    6.3.5 Radiation Detectors for Institutional and Occupational Safety
    6.3.6 Radiation Detectors for Oil and Mineral Exploration
    6.3.7 Radiation Detection for Big Physics
    6.3.8 Radiation Detection for Industrial Inspection
    6.4 Alternative Scenarios

    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
    About the Author

    List of Exhibits

    Exhibit E-1: Potential Example Segmentation of the Radiation Detector Market
    Exhibit E-2: The Explosion in Discovery of High Performance Scintillators
    Exhibit E-3: Summary of Eight Year Global Forecasts for Radiation Detectors US$ Millions
    Exhibit E-4: Radiation Detectors By Market Sub-Segment US$ Millions
    Exhibit 1-1: Design Considerations of Radiation Detection Equipmen
    Exhibit 2-1: Product Selection Criteria of Film vs. Digital
    Exhibit 2-2: Product Selection Parameters of DCR  vs. IDCR
    Exhibit 2-3: Clinical Utility of CT Scanning
    Exhibit 2-4: Radiation Exposure Dangers for x-ray Diagnostic Techniques
    Exhibit 3-1: Applications of Nuclear Medicine
    Exhibit 3-2: Advantages of SPECT and PET for Nuclear Medical Procedures
    Exhibit 3-3: Potential Radiation Dosages from Different Nuclear Medical Procedures
    Exhibit 3-4:  Relative Performance Characteristics of other Scintillators vs.
    NaI for Gamma Camera Applications
    Exhibit 3-5: New Radiopharmaceuticals Approved or Seeking FDA approval for PET
    Exhibit 4-1: Radiation Exposure sources for an Average U.S. Citizen
    Exhibit 4-2: Partial List of Nations Building or Planning New Reactors within the Forecast Period
    Exhibit 4-3:  State of Success of DHS Portal Monitor Programs and Gaps Analysis
    Exhibit 5-1: Minimal Personal Radiation Detection Needs in Occupational Radiation Safety
    Exhibit 5-2: Selected Food Irradiations and Allowed Doses
    Exhibit 5-3: Effective Utility of Industrial Radiography Techniques
    Exhibit 6-1: Total of All Radiation Detectors Over All Market Segments ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-2: Total Market for all Medical Diagnostic Applications ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-3: Total of all Safety Security Detectors Over All Segments ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-4: Total of all Specialty/Custom Radiation Detectors $ Millions
    Exhibit 6-5: Average Unit Price for Medical X-Ray Detectors by Type  ($/Unit)
    Exhibit 6-6: Average Unit Price for Nuclear Medical Detectors by Type ($/Unit)
    Exhibit 6-7: Average Unit Price for Security and  Monitoring Detectors by Type ($/Unit)
    Exhibit 6-8: Average Unit Price for Specialty and Custom Detectors by Type,  Less Big Physics ($/Unit)
    Exhibit 6-9: Regional Markets for Medical Diagnostic Detectors ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-10: Regional Markets for Security and Monitoring Detectors ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-11: Regional Markets for Specialty and Custom Detectors ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-12: PRD/SPRD Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-13: Dosimeter Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-14: Area Monitors Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-15: Survey Meters Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-16: RIIDs Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-17: Backpack Spectrometer Market by Application ($ Millions)
    Exhibit 6-18: Portal Monitors Market by Application
    Exhibit 6-19: The Market for Medical Radiography Detectors
    Exhibit 6-20: The Market for Medical Computed Tomography Radiography Detectors
    Exhibit 6-21: The Market for Medical  SPECT Detectors
    Exhibit 6-22: The Market for Medical  PET Detectors
    Exhibit 6-23: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Nuclear Power
    Exhibit 6-24: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Homeland Security
    Exhibit 6-25: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Military Applications
    Exhibit 6-26: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Medical and Academic Safety
    Exhibit 6-27: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Food Irradiation Safety
    Exhibit 6-28: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Scrap Metal Recyclers
    Exhibit 6-29: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Oil and Mineral Exploration
    Exhibit 6-30: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Big Physics
    Exhibit 6-31: The Market for Radiation Detectors for Industrial Radiography


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