United Kingdom – UK-based resource efficiency specialist Axion Consulting is joining with global medical imaging systems and therapy device specialist Philips to research how UK hospitals could benefit from alternative business models for refurbished, high-value medical imaging and ultrasound equipment, thereby offering potentially huge savings. In addition, ‘significant amounts’ of critical raw materials – such as gallium in LCD screens – could be recovered.
The six-month ‘CircMed’ project, co-funded by innovation agency Innovate UK, will explore how the proposed circular economy business models for supplying refurbished equipment can work within the UK healthcare sector.
Launched in September 2015, the feasibility study focuses on a range of medical imaging equipment, including MRI scanners, ultrasound equipment, CT scanners, interventional X-ray equipment and mobile surgery.
According to Axion Consulting senior consultant Nichola Mundy, the ambitious project could have a ‘significant impact’ on the UK healthcare sector, allowing for a more sustainable future while also increasing the affordability of vital diagnostic equipment for UK hospitals.
An added benefit would be the preservation of ‘significant amounts’ of critical raw materials, including gallium in LCD screens and integrated circuits, beryllium in CT scanners and niobium in superconducting magnets.