Ep.1 – scanning in another dimension… the future?

Natasha Szombara, Account Manager of Meditech at FMC Global Talent.
Natasha Szombara, Account Manager of Meditech at FMC Global Talent.

3D scanning is infiltrating the medical tech industry and it seems nothing can stop it.

Some organisations are a little slow on the uptake, but there are a core of leading firms that are shooting ahead and gaining competitive advantage. The biggest names in the 3D scanning market right now include Nikon Metrology, Trimble and 3D Systems Corporation. These innovative organisations are making it harder to catch up, so the time is right for the rest of the market to move.

According to new research from ReportsnReports, the 3D scanner market is expected to grow from $3.76 billion to $5.90 billion at a CAGR of 7.8% between 2017 and 2023. This market growth represents real commercial opportunity.

So what is going to happen in this growing space? Well this is what I think…

Honey, I’ve shrunk the…
The size of 3D scanners will continue to shrink – with some becoming the size of a small smartphone. These handheld devices will be increasingly cost effective and allow for more off-site scans to be completed by health and clinical professionals.

Introducing AI
The future of 3D scanning in med devices is about making it accessible to everyone. The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into 3D scanning technology will help ease the proces for clinicians. Customisation will occur for patients autonomously to maximise results and manage costs.

You’ve got the skills
There is some worry amongst healthcare and clinical professionals that this technology will replace them. In my mind this simply can’t happen as long as you upskill to take advantage of this new technology for patient care. As for those who service the equipment, much of the same is required; upskilling to meet the demands of this new tech. It’s already happening, don’t get left behind!

NHS uptake
As the tech becomes more cost effective and efficient in practice, the NHS in the UK will increasingly invest in this equipment. They will be saving money in the end by upgrading their equipment to machinery that can do things quicker, simpler and has an element of self service.

So, this is what I think will develop over the next year, what do you think?
Agree? Disagree? What about the next 5 years?