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Global Contrast Media Market Size, Share, Trends, Growth COVID-19 Impact and Analysis Report – Segmented By Procedure, Type, Application and Region – Industry Forecast (2022 to 2027).

Published: January, 2022
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Global Contrast Media Market Size (2022 to 2027)

The global contrast media market size is predicted to be worth USD 6.44 billion by 2027 and USD 5.13 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.65% during the forecast period. Thus, the global contrast media market is developing at a rapid pace.

Contrast media used as a part of therapeutic imaging are grouped on the premise of imaging modalities. The two most customarily utilized contrast media are iodine-containing contrast medium and gadolinium contrast medium. The shade of structures in the body changes when pictures are caught with contrast media in the body. The delicate tissues are viewed as dim, while the bones look light-dark. The contrast media enhances the contrast between various body parts and classifies the body with comparative pieces.

Impact of COVID-19 on the global contrast media market:

As a result of decreasing hospital visits due to the Coronavirus, the contrast media and agents market has suffered. As a result, Healthcare systems have been significantly impacted. In addition, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve healthcare resources, healthcare providers and institutes were instructed to stop performing elective surgical procedures. As a result, many radiology departments subsequently experienced a reduction in imaging cases.

Elective and non-essential procedures are declining in volume, routine testing is being utilized less frequently, customer capital spending is declining, and research spending is decreasing due to laboratory closures and reduced clinical testing. The recovery of many economies has already begun, but it will take time before the utilization rate of contrast media/contrast agents is back to pre-pandemic levels. If COVID-19 infections recur, lockdowns, quarantine requirements, and other controls may be needed to limit the spread of the disease. The market growth may be negatively affected by this.

According to WHO, approximately 137,674 deaths were the direct result of the Coronavirus in the U.S. since July 19, 2020. This makes the United States the country with the highest number of confirmed cases across the world. In addition, approximately 4,653 deaths were reported in China, the epicenter of the pandemic. X-rays and chest CT imaging are utilized to diagnose COVID-19-related lung lesions. This is projected to propel the global contrast media market forward during the forecast period.


Y-O-Y growth in the incidence of CVDs and growing approvals for the contrast agents promote global contact media market development.

In a rapidly aging world, where chronic diseases are a significant burden for the healthcare system, technical advancements are being made to preserve the quality of life while maintaining affordable prices. Chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, musculoskeletal and other diseases are the leading causes of death and disability, requiring various imaging modalities for diagnosis and treatment follow-up. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, chronic disease accounts for $ 3.5 trillion in annual health care costs. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 55 million adults were diagnosed with arthritis. In addition, almost 305,000 babies and children have arthritis or rheumatic diseases. Osteoarthritis affects about 55 million people across many nations. By the end of 2040, the number of people expected to have medically diagnosed arthritis will exceed 80 million. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, in 2019, osteoporosis affected 220 million women worldwide.

Growing applications of contrast agents in healthcare to expected to accelerate the market growth.

Increasing demand for MRI equipment and CT scanners due to the rise in preference among the public for accurate and faster diagnosis methods is a significant factor driving the global contrast media market. In addition, the growing adoption rate of technologically advanced systems such as CT expresses 3D contrast media delivery system and syringeless power injectors owing to the high demand and benefits associated with these systems such as minimal waste generation, automated collection of patient data, and cost control are further accelerating the global contrast media market.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), with an improved healthcare policy and greater availability of medical equipment, development in radiology and medicine, the number of imaging-based procedures around the world is increasing sharply. Therefore, the increasing number of imaging procedures performed across the globe, leading to an increase in consumable requirements for testing, is expected to drive the growth of the contrast media market in the years to come.

Contrast media aid by improving the quality of images inside the body typically produced through x-rays, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and others. In addition, these media are helpful for monitoring diagnosis and treatment because they often allow radiologists to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions.


Factors such as side effects such as allergic reactions or adverse reactions on the body and vomiting, nausea, constipation are likely to hamper the contrast media market growth to a small extent. In addition, lack of reimbursement policies, economic slowdown, strict rules and regulatory approvals for the product launch, new inventions, and lack of reimbursement policies are further expected to slightly restrict the market's growth rate during the forecast period.




Market Size Available

2021 to 2027

Base Year


Forecast Period

2022 to 2027

Segments Covered

By Medical Procedure, Route of Administration, Type, Indications, Application, and Region

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional & Country Level Analysis, Segment-Level Analysis, Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, Challenges, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Competitive Landscape, Analyst Overview on Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa


The global contrast media market report has been segmented based on procedure, application, route of administration, indication, type, and region.

Contrast Media Market – By Medical Procedure:         

  • X-Ray/CT  
  • MRI            
  • Ultrasound              

The ultrasound segment is likely to have the highest CAGR during the given forecast period based on medical procedures. The development of microbubble contrast media for an ultrasound, a large number of approvals for ultrasound contrast media in the U.S., Europe, and Japan are some of the major factors driving the growth of this segment.

Contrast Media Market – By Route of Administration:

  • Injectable Contrasts Media              
  • Oral Contrasts Media          
  • Rectal Contrasts Media      
  • Urethral Contrasts Media 

Contrast Media Market – By Type:

  • Iodinated Contrasts Media
  • Gadolinium-Based Contrasts Media
  • Microbubble Contrasts Media        
  • Barium- Based Contrasts Media     

Based on type, the iodinated contrast media segment is expected to register the most significant share in the global contrast media market during the forecast period. Furthermore, it is likely to continue the trend over the forecast period due to the rise in CT scanning. 

Contrast Media Market – By Indications:

  • Cardiovascular Disorders  
  • Oncology
  • Neurological Disorders       
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Nephrological Disorders    
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders     

Based on indications, the cardiovascular disorders segment is likely to hold the lion's share and witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period. Growing enhancements in cardiac MRI procedures, favorable government reimbursement policies for contrast media in cardiovascular diagnosis, and robust infrastructure in developed countries' healthcare are factors driving this segment’s growth.

Contrast Media Market – By Application:

  • Radiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Interventional Radiology   

The interventional cardiology segment is predicted to dominate the global contrast media market based on the application. It is likely to grow at a high CAGR owing to the rise in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and the increasing adoption rate of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The Radiology segment is another significant market division and contributes substantially to the contrast media market.

Contrast Media Market – By Region:

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

Geographically, the North American region is estimated to account for the most dominating share in the global market during the forecast period. In contrast, the Asia Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest growth and overtake North America by the end of the forecast period, is accounting for the second-largest share in the global market during the forecast period. The presence of well-established healthcare facilities, availability of technological advancements, and big stipulation for diagnostic procedures are factors accelerating the North American contrast media market. Within North America, the United States market is estimated to hold the leading share, followed by Canada.

The European market had a substantial share in the global market in 2020 and is projected to be growing at a promising CAGR during the forecast period. Many MRI scans performed in European countries such as France and Germany are expected to continue driving the market growth.

However, the Asia-Pacific region is projected to grow at the highest CAGR due to the increasing elder people population suffering from spinal problems, fractures, and health issues alongside the growing patient pool, which is expanding stipulation for medical imaging and growing rate of cardiac disorders are propelling the Asia Pacific market growth. Japan was the market leader in the Asia Pacific market in 2019.

Latin America is expected to have steady growth during the forecast period. Factors such as the growing occurrence rate of cardiac and cancer disorders and technological advancements towards diagnostic technology actively support the region's market.

The Middle East & Africa region is estimated to have a sluggish growth rate due to the factors such as growing diagnostic centers, hospitals, and clinics.


Notable companies leading the global contrast media market profiled in this report are CMC Contrast AB (Sweden), Daiichi Sankyo (Japan), Bayer HealthCare (Germany), GE Healthcare (U.S.), Guerbet Group (France), Bracco Imaging S.p.A. (Italy), Lantheus Medical Imaging (U.S.), nanoPet Pharma GmbH (Germany) and Subhra Pharma Private Limited (India).

The global contrast media market is much consolidated, and it isn't easy and challenging for the new participants to enter this market. Nevertheless, the above notable players account for the leading share of the global market.


  • In 2019, Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital developed a novel, safer, and adequate contrast media based on manganese (Mn-PyC3A). The researchers' studies show that the novel manganese-based contrast media enhances tumor contrast without interacting with the cells and tissues. In addition, the researchers concluded that the new contrast media offers better efficiency than the gadolinium-based contrast media, potentially making MRIs a lot safer practice. 
  • In 2017, GE healthcare's product called visipaque had received approval to expand the FDA's indication. With this approval, the injection can be adopted in CCTA to diagnose patients with coronary artery disease. In addition, with the expansion of the visipaque label, physicians can practice non-invasive imaging of coronary arteries. It is the first iodinated contrast media approved by the FDA as an application in CCTA, and the recovery of patients is much faster due to its non-invasive nature. 

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