Organizations say they plan to publish findings

Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Nashville – Royal Philips a global leader in health technology, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Radiation Center are collaborating in a strategy to, “Taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint in health care.”

According to a release, “Efforts will focus on measuring and addressing energy consumption of VUMC’s diagnostic imaging devices including MR, CT, ultrasound and X-ray.”

The organizations say they plan to publish findings with the aim of promoting knowledge exchange and enabling others in the industry to enhance their environmental strategies.

“We consider climate care as health care,” said Reed Omary, MD, MS, Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass Professor and Chair of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint in health care isn’t just an opportunity, it’s also a responsibility. The future of radiology requires us to be cognizant, aware and proactive about addressing this issue which directly affects the communities we live in and the patients we treat,”

VUMC’s Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences understands there is an “additional carbon cost” to make that diagnosis, according to the release and Philips brings knowledge and “longstanding commitment to sustainability” to the collaboration.

“We are optimistic that results from this partnership will not only assist Vanderbilt in its effort to understand and address carbon emissions in its own radiology department but serve as a model for others seeking to decarbonize their operations,” said Jeff DiLullo, chief region leader, Philips North America.

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