According to reports, Siemens Healthcare will launch solar powered X-ray machines in three months after the ongoing clinical trials. The solar power technology, which could be extended to other medical imaging products as well, will help Siemens penetrate further into the semi urban and rural markets, which are dogged by power problems.
The first of its kind medical technology product to use solar power was developed at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Goa and the clinical trials are being conducted at Bhiwandi near Mumbai. “Outside cities, power is a major issue in running medical equipments. Power failure keeps patients waiting for long hours for diagnosis. Though the initial cost of the solar powered x-ray machine will be around Rs five to seven lakh higher than electric ones, the higher cost could be recovered in around four years as the running cost will be substantially lower,” said D Ragavan, country head, Siemens Healthcare.
Siemens also plans to extend the technology to other imaging products such as ultrasound machines and CT-scanners. The India-specific innovation is part of Siemens’ strategy to penetrate further into the semi urban and rural markets. The company that claims a 35 per cent market share in the $400 million imaging market in India, has made its machines available in 400 districts in the country. This year it plans to add 50 more districts to the list.