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How Siemens is helping put sustainability at the forefront of medical imaging care

By: Matt Helgeson, Head of Sustainability, Siemens USA

Creating the world’s first carbon-neutral radiology imaging service at UC San Francisco

Today, our partners across Siemens USA, Siemens Healthineers and Siemens Smart Infrastructure together with UC San Francisco (UCSF) announced we’ll be working to create the world’s first carbon-neutral imaging service. This is a pivotal moment in the intersection of healthcare and sustainability and shows how, by learning from our own experiences as a first mover on climate action, we can help our partners and customers follow the same path.

According to UCSF’s Christopher P. Hess, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the UCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, medical imaging plays an outsized contribution to the emissions from the global health care sector. “Our goal is to find a way for radiology departments worldwide to reduce our environmental footprint,” he said. “I can think of no better place than UCSF to begin the pioneering work.”

We knew that Siemens had the ingenuity and technology to make this happen, and we relied on the power of the Siemens ecosystem to bring this vision to life.

Working in tandem with UCSF, one of the country’s most prestigious universities focused solely on health, the Siemens Healthineers team will deploy new, greener radiology scanner technology while also exploring ways to reduce standby energy consumption of MR scanners, all while improving access of this essential equipment to patients across Northern California. Our Siemens Smart Infrastructure colleagues will provide technologies that monitor and manage the power consumption of the radiology equipment, and, in turn, the lower power usage will enable UCSF to use renewable energy certificates to achieve the goal of a carbon-neutral imaging fleet.

At Siemens, we are working towards a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030, and I’m proud to say we’re more than halfway to achieving this goal. But it’s never just been about our own footprint. Siemens has the technology and expertise to bring our partners and customers with us on this journey, helping them achieve their own goals when it comes to decarbonization. And this UCSF project is a great example of this work in action. While the conversations continue this week in Glasgow at COP26, we’re committed to doing our part to take the lead in the U.S. and beyond in putting technology to work to decarbonize the economy.

You can read more on this partnership in today’s press release.

Published: November 10, 2021