New MRI equip­ment fer­ries hope to re­mote re­gions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHANG YU and YUAN HUI in Bao­tou, In­ner Mon­go­lia

A new ve­hi­cle that can trans­port mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing, or MRI equip­ment, and other key med­i­cal de­vices has been in­tro­duced to the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion, in an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive that will pro­vide treat­ment in re­mote ar­eas from oth­er­wise rel­a­tively im­mov­able heavy­weight med­i­cal ma­chines.

The ve­hi­cle, the Chiy­ing A30, was made by Bao­toubased med­i­cal and hos­pi­tal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer XBO Med­i­cal Sys­tems Co Ltd.

General Man­ager Wang Yongzhong said the ve­hi­cle is China’s first mo­bile trans­porter for MRI equip­ment, which is widely used in hos­pi­tals to get in­ter­nal pic­tures and scan the anatomy and or­gans of pa­tients.

“Usu­ally, a MRI ma­chine is too large and heavy to move around and pa­tients can only get their bodies’ im­ages in a hos­pi­tal,” Wang said.

But poor peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas usu­ally can’t eas­ily get ac­cess to ad­vanced hos­pi­tals.

In­ner Mon­go­lia had an es­ti­mated 560,000 poverty-stricken peo­ple by the end of 2016, most of whom live in dis­tant ru­ral ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional gov­ern­ment.

The au­ton­o­mous re­gion is push­ing to im­prove med­i­cal ser­vices for poor and re­mote ar­eas, to equip them with per­ma­nent as well as mo­bile med­i­cal equip­ment.

The tar­get is that by 2020, some 90 per­cent of peo­ple in the au­ton­o­mous re­gion will be able to re­ceive such med­i­cal treat­ment.

“Mo­bile med­i­cal de­vices will be able to help us reach the goal,” Wang said.

The new ve­hi­cle is not only an am­bu­lance that can only ferry sick or in­jured peo­ple to hos­pi­tal and pro­vide sim­ple med­i­cal ser­vices.

Wang said it would also have a va­ri­ety of an­cil­lary ap­pli­ca­tions in dif­fer­ent fields, op­er­at­ing in re­mote and poverty-stricken ar­eas that lack hos­pi­tals and so­phis­ti­cated med­i­cal de­vices.

He added the MRI ma­chine in­side the ve­hi­cle was a smaller and portable ver­sion of the stan­dard hos­pi­tal-bound model and was equipped with re­mote mon­i­tor­ing func­tion. Even if there were no doc­tors in the ve­hi­cle, treat­ment sched­ules can be pro­vided via the re­mote mon­i­tor­ing de­vice.

In ad­di­tion, the portable ser­vice is linked to cloud com­put­ing and test re­sults can be trans­mit­ted to com­put­ers in hos­pi­tals, en­sur­ing an op­ti­mal di­ag­no­sis by doc­tors.

Aside from the MRI and re­mote mon­i­tor­ing de­vices, other med­i­cal key equip­ment for the ex­am­i­na­tion and treat­ment of pa­tients is also availa- ble in the ve­hi­cle.

XBO was founded in 2010, with reg­is­tered cap­i­tal of 500 mil­lion yuan ($74 mil­lion). Its main share­holder, with a 40 per­cent stake, is China North­ern Rare Earth (Group) HighTech Co Ltd, one of the coun­try’s lead­ing rare earth com­pa­nies.

Its main prod­ucts are mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing ma­chines which use rare earth-pow­ered mag­nets.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the Bao­tou re­gion holds an es­ti­mated 43.5 mil­lion met­ric tons of rare earth, ac­count­ing for more than 80 per­cent of China’s to­tal re­serves and 30 per­cent of the world’s re­serves.

in poverty in In­ner Mon­go­lia by the end of 2016

Con­tact the writ­ers at zhangyu1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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