The healthcare industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity is driven by telemedicine, real-time diagnostics, smart hospitals and access to digital therapies, and the growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), augmented reality (AR), robotics and data management practices. In the last three years alone, there have been over 106,000 patents filed and granted in the healthcare industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Healthcare: CT-guided surgery. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 443,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the healthcare industry, there are 200+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

CT-guided surgery is a key innovation area in healthcare

CT Scan Guided Surgery uses three-dimensional CT imaging to analyse interior anatomy and display it on a computer monitor in the operating room before, during, and after surgery without physically exposing the area. A treatment plan is produced based on the CT Scan findings utilising specialised computer software, thereby improving the safety and efficacy of surgical procedures.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established healthcare companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of CT-guided surgery.

Key players in CT-guided surgery – a disruptive innovation in the healthcare industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to CT-guided surgery

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Waters 157 Unlock Company Profile
Bracco 111 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 87 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson & Johnson 83 Unlock Company Profile
Medtronic 63 Unlock Company Profile
Stryker 51 Unlock Company Profile
Olympus 34 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 30 Unlock Company Profile
Synaptive Medical 26 Unlock Company Profile
Canon 24 Unlock Company Profile
Abbott Laboratories 20 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 19 Unlock Company Profile
Asensus Surgical 18 Unlock Company Profile
Boston Scientific 17 Unlock Company Profile
Accuray 15 Unlock Company Profile
Alcon 14 Unlock Company Profile
Fujifilm Holdings 13 Unlock Company Profile
Monteris Medical 12 Unlock Company Profile
Body Vision Medical 10 Unlock Company Profile
Globus Medical 10 Unlock Company Profile
Elbit Imaging 10 Unlock Company Profile
Orthogrid Systems Holdings 9 Unlock Company Profile
Intellijoint Surgical 9 Unlock Company Profile
Intuitive Surgical 8 Unlock Company Profile
Wenzel Spine 8 Unlock Company Profile
Alphatec Holdings 7 Unlock Company Profile
Ortho Kinematics 7 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 6 Unlock Company Profile
Blue Sail Medical 6 Unlock Company Profile
Planmeca 6 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 6 Unlock Company Profile
Carl Zeiss Stiftung 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 6 Unlock Company Profile
Navigate Surgical Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
DIO 5 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 5 Unlock Company Profile
InnerOptic Technology 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Waters is one of the leading patent filers in the field of CT-guided surgery. Some other key patent filers in the field include Bracco, Koninklijke Philips, Johnson & Johnson, and Medtronic.

In terms of application diversity, Bracco leads the pack, followed by Boston Scientific and Alcon. By means of geographic reach, Ortho Kinematics held the top position, followed by Planmeca and Asensus Surgical in second and third spots, respectively.

Otolaryngologists and neurosurgeons can now make well-informed decisions by analysing the surgical scenario to produce precise results thanks to innovations like image fusion with CT. Future CT-guided surgery prospects should include a higher emphasis on receiving reliable real-time information that enables surgeons to examine preoperative images and monitor patient condition throughout the procedure.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the healthcare industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Healthcare.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.