Back in 2001 Philips installed a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system in the radiology department at Rijnstate hospital. This advanced system was operational until early 2015, by which time it had been used to examine more than 50,000 patients. Thanks to regular maintenance and interim upgrades carried out by Philips, this system was in full use for approximately 14 years.
In 2015, Philips replaced the system with a new-generation system that is better suited to Rijnstate’s present-day clinical needs. Philips took back the old system and, in accordance with the principles of the circular economy, harvested as many parts as possible for reuse.
Philips has set up a systems refurbishment plant based in Best, the Netherlands, specifically designed for this purpose, giving it a competitive advantage over its competitors. Some parts of the obsolete system from Rijnstate will be used as spare parts, others have been used to build a refurbished MRI system that is now in operation in a private clinic in Switzerland.