GEC is pleased to release the State of Sustainability Research for Medical Imaging Equipment, presenting science-based evidence and data about the life cycle social and environmental impacts of medical imaging equipment. This new resource covers 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.
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. The State of Sustainability Research provides the foundation to enable 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.
If you have questions about the State of Sustainability Research for Medical Imaging Equipment or the criteria development process, please contact GEC at Criteria@gec.org.