Siemens Healthineers has signed a partnership agreement with US-based non-profit health provider Atrium Health, to sell its medical devices and equipment worth $140m.

The medical devices and equipment include advanced imaging technology, radiation oncology and precision endovascular robotics.

The partnership will focus on improving access to care in Atrium Health’s service region across the south-eastern US, along with health equity and economic mobility.

Under the terms of the agreement, Atrium Health will use Siemens Healthineers’ technology to improve health care in rural and underserved communities across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama and beyond.

Through the partnership, Atrium Health will upgrade its healthcare infrastructure, use technologies to improve outcomes and quality, reduce healthcare costs, and develop healthcare solutions.

Atrium Health president and CEO Eugene A Woods said: “This partnership between Atrium Health and Siemens Healthineers will create tremendous value for our communities and the health care field.

“Together, we will reshape the future of health care, invent new technologies and grow the next generation of talented clinicians – all with a laser-like focus on equity and inclusive growth.”

In a separate development, Siemens Healthineers has unveiled new mobile magnetic resonance imaging scanner, dubbed Magnetom Viato.Mobile.

The new MRI scanned is designed such that its operation and service can be controlled remotely through a fixed internet or through a 4G connection.

The system can be used almost anywhere, while experts can remotely provide support during performing the scan and maintaining the system.

It enables fewer staff on-site, allows specialists to work from home, and service technicians to take the specific spare part with them when deployed for maintenance.

Siemens Healthineers magnetic resonance imaging head Arthur Kaindl said: “With Magnetom Viato.Mobile, we plan to offer the most powerful innovations at 1.5 Tesla for mobile use.

“Installed in a trailer setup to provide greater flexibility in deploying MR imaging, the scanner can easily be taken from one place to the next or stay at the customer’s site for longer use.

“For example, the solution can help with screening programs in underserved regions – it’s not the patient coming to the scanner, but the other way around.”