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The Markets for Image-Guided Surgery: Location, Location...and Guidance

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

The market for image-guided surgical systems is worth $1.2 billion in 2005, according to a report recently issued by Medtech Insight, $1 billion attributable to interventional imaging, and $155.2 million to the sales of surgical navigation systems. The market is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 5.5% for the next several years, a slightly higher rate than the 4.1% forecast for the imaging industry as a whole.

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