Russia assembles first CT scanner
15 Sept 2010
GE Healthcare and its Russian manufacturing partner
Meditsinskie technologii Ltd (MTL) have unveiled Russia's first
domestically assembled CT scanner.
The achievement presents strong business prospects for both GE
Healthcare and MTL as according to estimates, the annual domestic
Russian CT market could exceed 1.5 billion roubles (US$49 million).
This breakthrough was made possible by GE Healthcare’s CT
technology in partnership with MTL’s manufacturing capabilities.
Domestic CT production is consistent with the country’s cornerstone
objective of economic modernization and domestic high-tech
healthcare development as stated in policy announcements by the
Also supporting the joint venture is GE Healthcare’s
state-of-the-art training centre which has been operational in
Moscow since 2009. The training centre helps to educate Russian
medical professionals and improve their skills and experience with
high-tech medical equipment. It is a further demonstration of GE
Healthcare’s commitment to localization in Russia.
Vyacheslav Grischenko, Region General Manager, Russia & CIS, GE
Healthcare says: “Domestic production allows us to price high-tech
equipment more affordably for Russian customers. This should
increase access to health technology and reduce costs for the
healthcare system, fully in line with our global healthymagination
strategy to drive improvements in access, quality and cost in
“Our joint-venture with MTL will be able to produce 100 CT
scanners per year for the Russian market and meet the Russian
healthcare system’s demand for CT,” Grischenko says.
“The CT assembled at MTL’s facility in Moscow is the company’s
flagship product,” says Anatoly Dabagov, President, MTL. “MTL
currently carries out 25% of the manufacturing, given that we
currently use imported parts. Further localization of manufacturing
will evolve as local parts that comply with GE quality standards