What is diagnostic imaging? Our definition

What is diagnostic imaging? Our definition

Diagnostic imaging plays a central role in medical examinations where the object of examination is “not obvious”. Today, there is a wide range of medical devices designed for diagnostic imaging. In German hospitals, more than 13 million examinations with imaging procedures take place every year. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 largest medical technology companies in Germany.

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In the beginning there was the X-ray machine

In general, imaging diagnostics can be understood as an apparatus-supported examination procedure that is based on image data of internal organs and structures. The aim is to detect pathological changes or the condition of the respective object of examination. Probably the oldest imaging procedure is X-ray diagnostics using X-rays, which was invented by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895. The first X-ray machines came onto the market as early as 1896.

Since then, medical technology in the field of imaging diagnostics has developed rapidly. Today, in addition to X-rays, there are a variety of methods for generating images (examples in parentheses). They are based on visible light (endoscopy), ultrasound (sonography), radionuclides (computer tomography), infrared light (diagnostic thermography), nuclear magnetic resonance (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)) or impedance (electrical impedance tomography (EIT).

The world’s leading supplier of medical imaging equipment is Siemens Healthineers. Siemens Healthineers AG bundles the medical technology activities of the Siemens Group. It has around 54,000 employees and achieved sales of around €14.5 billion in 2020. Imaging processes are mainly located in the business unit “Diagnostic Imaging”. Siemens Healthineers covers virtually the entire spectrum of diagnostic imaging. Its world market share is just under a quarter. Other German manufacturers concentrate on specific segments of Diagnostic Imaging. KARL STORZ SE & Co. KG in Tuttlingen, for example, specializes in endoscopy.
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