GlobalDiagnostiX is a low cost x-ray system.
GlobalDiagnostiX is an X-ray machine that has a mechanical structure, secured electrical power, and a digital system. It is designed to be robust and adaptable to different climates.
Organizations involved include: GlobalDiagnotix (Pristem), Paul Scherrer Institute, the EssentialMed Foundation, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, CHUV (Lausanne University Hospital), University Hospital of Yaoundé (CHUY) in Cameroon, the University Research Center on Energy for Health Care (CURES) in Cameroon
This system is still in development so there is no price yet. The designers say the system will be low-cost.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Health care workers
The current iteration of the product is a prototype but the plan is that Pristem, a Swiss company, will manufacture the GlobalDiagnostiX system.
Three patent applications have been filed.
Currently the system is being tested so users get the machine directly from the designer.
Continuous, Recharging only, None, Other
CT, fluoroscopy, and radiography
User training is provided by GlobalDiagnostiX and local technicians are trained to perform maintenance.
Replacement components are not available as the product is still in development.
- Direct digital image acquisition
- Internet connection for teleradiology and remote maintenance
- U-arm system with mechanical controls
Testing is ongoing
EPFL laboratories, HES-SO research groups Paul Scherrer Institute, the EssentialMed Foundation, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, CHUV (Lausanne University Hospital).University Hospital of Yaoundé (CHUY) in Cameroon, the University Research Center on Energy for Health Care (CURES) in Cameroon
As with any radiograhpic system precautions should be taken to reduce the staff and patient dose exposure.
Teleradiology & mobile phones
Borrás, C., 2016, Everything Medical Physicists Always Wanted to Know About Appropriate Technology but were Afraid to Ask, AIP Conference Proceedings.
Boudin, C. and Maillard, L., 2014, Interface Adaptée ou Adaptation d’interface? Le Cas d’une Interface d’imagerie Médicale Destinée Aux Pays Émergents, Ergo’IA 2014, Bidart, France.
Information is not yet available as clinical trials are ongoing.
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