DIGITAL PATHOLOGY MARKET SIZE TO REACH USD 1,277.64 MILLION IN 2026, GROWING AT A CAGR OF 10.43% DURING THE PERIOD 2020–2026

Digital Pathology Market Size, Share, Trends Analysis Report by Application (Academic Research & Teaching, Disease Diagnosis, and Drug Discovery & Development); Component Type (Hardware, Software, and Storage); End-user (Diagnostic & Pathology Laboratories, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies, Clinical Research Organizations, and Academic & Research Institutes); and Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa); Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021–2026

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DIGITAL PATHOLOGY MARKET REPORT SCOPE

Report Attribute Details
MARKET SIZE (REVENUE) 1,277.64 MILLION (2026)
CAGR 10.43% (2020–2026)
Base Year 2020
Forecast Year 2021 –2026
Market Segments Application (Academic Research & Teaching, Disease Diagnosis, and Drug Discovery & Development); Component Type (Hardware, Software, and Storage); End-user (Diagnostic & Pathology Laboratories, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies, Clinical Research Organizations, and Academic & Research Institutes)
Geographic Analysis North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
Countries Covered US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, South Africa

 INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Digital pathology market size to reach USD 1,277.64 million in 2026, growing at a CAGR of 10.43% during the period 2020­–2026

With the emergence of whole slide imaging, the area of digital pathology has boomed tremendously. It is one of the popular, low-cost, and fast avenues of diagnosis and prognosis of cancer and other chronic diseases. The shift toward digitalization of healthcare and the catalyst effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase the adoption of digital pathology in primary diagnosis.

The incorporation of artificial intelligence further extends the limits of pathology studies and data management, helping to increase the acceptance of digital pathology. In addition, the introduction of artificial intelligence provides computational aid to pathologists and improves the connectivity of the data with laboratory information systems and hospital information systems. AI solutions can automate pathological processes such as documentation, which can decrease turnaround time, thus improving customer satisfaction.

SNIPPETS

  • The software segment is rapidly growing due to the implementation of artificial intelligence, deep learning systems (DLS), and machine learning technologies for automated image analysis.
  • The storage segment is likely to grow at a promising CAGR of 13.5% from 2020 to 2026 due to the shift toward cloud storage services. Microsoft and Google provide solutions for handling medical data, including pathology.
  • Most vendors focus on the use of digital pathology solutions in diagnostic labs due to increased digitalization and the high popularity of remote operations
  • The academic research & teaching segment is likely to observe an incremental growth of over USD 258.16 million by 2026.
  • Academic research institutes expect to grow at the fastest CAGR of 9.86% from 2020 to 2026 as digital pathological solutions are better to study the specimen than conventional light microscopy.
  • North America is likely to contribute maximum revenue of over $431.87 million by 2026 due to the increased shift toward digitalization of the healthcare sector.

GLOBAL DIGITAL PATHOLOGY MARKET GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

  • Increased healthcare digitization and wide application in clinical research to mainly boost the market growth
  • Easy digital documentation and storage of pathological data is one of the top digital pathology trends in the market.
  • Wide application in clinical research to encourage companies to invest in innovation of solutions.
  • Improved lab efficiency will help vendors gain a higher digital pathology market share.

MARKET SEGMENTATION

This research report includes a detailed segmentation by

  • Application
  • Component Type
  • End-user
  • Geography

INSIGHTS BY APPLICATION  

The global digital pathology academic research and teaching market is expected to reach USD 598.58 million by 2026. The demand for digital pathology solutions is likely to witness exponential growth as they help to educate and train professionals in pathology and histopathology services from remote locations. Hence, digital pathology solutions are widely adopted over conventional solutions for academic research, disease diagnosis, and drug discovery and development. Regulatory approvals are a critical step in deciding the application of WSI scanners and software. In Europe, WSI scanners are cleared to be used for in-vitro diagnosis under the European Union. WSI viewers, digital pathology software, automated image analysis, etc. are eligible for CE-marking. Hence, these developments are likely to increase digital solutions for academic institutes and research purposes. 

INSIGHTS BY END-USERS 

Academic and research institutes accounted for over 48% of the digital pathology market in 2020.

The inclusion of artificial intelligence in digital pathology solutions and machine & deep learning have improved disease analysis, thereby influencing the growth of in academic and research institutes.  Diagnostic and pathology laboratories are likely to account for over USD 358.58 million by 2026. The growth can be attributed to the increasing acceptance in Europe, APAC, and Middle East and African countries. As the systems have been cleared for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices application in Europe, this has fueled increased investments in the market share. The global digital pathology market by contract research organizations (CRO) expects to grow at a CAGR of approx. 10.58% during the forecast period. CROs have shown interest in digital pathology solutions to improve workflow efficacy by using AI and automation solutions.  AI can help to provide predictive analysis and automate pathological processes help to minimize human errors. 

INSIGHTS BY COMPONENT TYPE

The hardware segment acquired over 61% of the global digital pathology market share in 2020.

 As technology advances, the accuracy and scope of digital slide scanners are expanding to cover several fields of pathology. The increasing demand for digital pathology solutions and innovations in scanning technology boost the growth of the hardware segment, which is likely to continue during the forecast period. The global digital pathology market by software expects to reach over $327 million by 2026. Software solutions observe an increased use of AI, deep learning systems (DLS), and machine learning for automated image analysis. The entry of several startups in developing digital pathology software solutions is likely to increase the segment's growth.

INSIGHTS BY GEOGRAPHY

North America held over 36% market share of the global digital pathology market in 2020. 

In terms of revenue and share, the North America region leads the market. The growth of digital pathology in North America is due to the shift toward the digitalization of the healthcare sector. Healthcare in the US and Canada observe significant reforms, which focus on the digitalization of healthcare technology and shifting to increase the efficiency of healthcare to improve accessibility and affordability. Healthcare facilities are incorporating several digital technologies in their workflow processes. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, increase in federal regulations, growth in financial incentives, high innovations in healthcare have increased the necessity to incorporate digital pathology solutions to improve the patient-pathologist relationship. This expects to fuel the development of the digital pathology market in North America.

INSIGHTS BY VENDORS

The global digital pathology market is currently highly competitive and is likely to become competitive during the forecast period with the increasing acceptance of digital pathology services. Philips, Leica Biosystems, Roche, Hamamatsu, and 3DHISTECH are a few prominent companies that dominate the market. Both Philips and Leica Biosystems have USFDA-approved WSI scanners, which have resulted in high acceptance and increased demand for WSI scanners. It is followed by Hamamatsu Photonics, which has many strategic collaborations that have provided a significant market share.

The global digital pathology market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry analysis with revenue and forecast insights for the following segments

Application

  • Academic Research & Teaching
  • Disease Diagnosis
  • Drug Discovery & Development

Component Type

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Storage

End-user

  • Diagnostic & Pathology Laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Companies
  • Clinical Research Organizations
  • Academic & Research Institutes

Geography

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • APAC
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
  • Latin America
    • Mexico
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Turkey
    • South Africa  

Frequently Asked Questions

The digital pathology market expects USD 1,277.64 Million (2026) billion by 2026.
In terms of end-users, academic and research institutes accounted for over USD 340.42 million by 2020.
North America is likely to dominate the market during the forecast period.
The US market holds the maximum share of the digital pathology market.
Koninklijke Philips, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Leica Biosystems Nussloch, and Hamamatsu Photonics are the leading industry players in the global digital pathology market.
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