State of Sustainability Research for Medical Imaging Equipment

July 19, 2022

The State of Sustainability Research for Medical Imaging Equipment presents science-based evidence and data about the life cycle social and environmental impacts of medical imaging equipment, covering the following modalities: computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), ultrasound, and x-ray. This research comprises a detailed analysis of the market, material composition, and life cycle environmental and social impacts of medical imaging equipment, along with strategies to reduce the identified impacts.

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) prepared this State of Sustainability Research at the request of and with funding from COCIR, the European Trade Association representing the medical imaging, radiotherapy, health ICT, and electromedical industries. This work supports the Medical Equipment Proactive Alliance (MEPA), a partnership of industry, healthcare purchasers, and non-profit organizations committed to developing sustainability criteria for medical imaging equipment that will allow healthcare purchasers to communicate a consistent set of sustainable procurement criteria to manufacturers and to track and communicate the sustainability impacts of their actions. It is based on publicly available information and information provided by MEPA members.

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