The Asia Pacific region is expected to reach USD 411 million by 2030 with a CAGR of 5.7%. We are living in an era of rapid advancement in our understanding of human disease. However, the application of this knowledge in clinical settings has not kept up with the pace of discovery. The process of developing new drugs involves a number of steps, one of which is the conduct of clinical trials. A clinical trial imaging (CTI) study is a research study in which participants participate voluntarily. Each study examines a unique scientific question concerning the usefulness of imaging technologies in detecting illness, diagnosing it, guiding treatment, or monitoring its progress. Imaging techniques for clinical trials can be broken down into the following categories: In general, screening imaging clinical trials ask questions to help researchers determine which type of imaging test will detect disease early, possibly before symptoms appear.
Clinical trials involving diagnostic imaging investigate which types of imaging tests are most likely to effectively detect disease when only a suspicion of disease exists, which types of imaging tests can assist in monitoring a known condition, and which types of imaging tests can monitor the effectiveness of a therapy to determine whether or not it is working. Image-guided interventional clinical trials are designed to evaluate the efficacy of interventions that are guided by imaging.
Imaging techniques are becoming increasingly important in the provision of evidence for decision making in oncological clinical trials. Imaging is still used to define key study end points, even though conventional morphological imaging techniques and standardised response criteria that are based on tumour size measurements have been implemented.
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Different countries have different regulatory requirements and processes, so sponsors who want to use the APAC region for their global clinical trials may have to learn the local rules in each country and choose local research sites that are familiar with and can follow ICH-GCP guidelines. Furthermore, the standard of care may differ from country to country, influencing recruitment rates and overall clinical trial timelines.
Sponsors should also consider the APAC region's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. The ways in which people of different ethnicities and cultures understand disease and their perspectives on taking part in clinical trials are influenced by these factors. In addition, this diversity can contribute to the complexity of the study, as it may necessitate the translation of study materials as well as the training of site staff in multiple languages.
The Asia Pacific clinical trial imaging market is divided into services and software based on product and service. It is divided into modality segments such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, echocardiography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography, X-ray, ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, and others. Further, it is divided into oncology, neurology, endocrinology, cardiology, dermatology, haematology, and others on the basis of application. Further division is on the basis of end users into pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, contract research organisations, academic and government research institutes, medical device manufacturers, and others.
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Asia pacific is divided further into these countries China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Rest of Asia-Pacific. The clinical trials in China, India & South Korea has been increasing because of the relatively lower cost and availability of the individuals needed to perform the trial. So far, all the regions of Asia have become a hot spot for clinical trials. Conducting trials in Australia has additional advantages, such as an efficient and pragmatic regulatory pathway, tax incentives for conducting trials within the country, and the ability to conduct early phase trials prior to IND submission.