GlobalDiagnostiX    Appropriate diagnostic imaging for developing countries

Radiography and ultrasound are crucial diagnosis tools for a wide variety of conditions, such as pregnancy, road traffic accidents, tuberculosis, complications related to infant pneumonia, or cardiovascular problems. Despite this, over two-thirds of the world’s population does not have access to basic medical imaging.

This is mainly due to the mismatch between existing technologies and the local context in developing countries. Equipment developed for industrialized countries is neither appropriate for the harsh climatic conditions and deficient infrastructure found in most resource-poor areas, nor affordable for limited available healthcare budgets. For radiography, in particular, solutions based on film technology have proven to not be adapted to district hospitals in developing countries; and modern digital imaging solutions are also too expensive, complex and fragile.

The goal of this project is to develop an appropriate digital imaging system that:

1. provide both essential radiography and ultrasound features;

2. targets a tenfold reduction in the total cost of ownership (purchase price plus the lifecycle costs), as compared to existing solutions; and

3. is adapted to the context in developing countries without compromising on the quality and performance of the primary function.

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