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European Nuclear Medicine / Radiopharmaceuticals Market Worth $1.6 Billion by 2017- New Report by MarketsandMarkets
Date:9/17/2013

and OSIRIS in France in 2018 is a major risk for manufacturers in the near future. Companies have increased the production of thallium to meet the shortage, as it is the most commonly used substitute for technetium-99 in cardiac-stress tests, conducted to evaluate the functioning of coronary arteries. Radiopharmaceuticals in neurological applications such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia are also being preferred by practitioners besides conventional treatment. Further, upcoming radioisotopes such as Ra-223 (Alpharadin) and Ga-68 possess huge potential for clinical applications.

Increasing use of SPECT and PET scans, technical advancements in equipment and other factors such as rising awareness of radiopharmaceuticals among physicians, alpha radioimmunotherapy based targeted cancer treatment, and ready availability of radiopharmaceutical from cyclotrons have driven the market. High cost of devices using radioisotopes, short half-life, lack of good manufacturing practices, and stringent regulatory approvals are major hurdles to growth of the market.

Germany is the dominant market for diagnostic radioisotopes with 25% share. Over 120 PET-CT facilities contributed significantly to the German market in 2012; the region had around 600 gamma cameras and 76 PET (PET/CT) scanners. Cross sectional imaging like SPECT (SPECT/CT) and PET (PET/CT) are majorly preferred. Among different European countries, Russia, Turkey, and Czech Republic will be significant due to rising healthcare budgets and increasing popularity of different radiopharmaceuticals in various clinical indications. Processors such as Covidien Plc. and other players from different geographies run reactors that are involved in the irradiation of U-235 to make crude isotopes. They follow various strategies to achieve sustainable growth, one of which is shifting to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) from High Enriched Uranium (HEU). These key players were mainly involved in strategic
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