Under the deal, Siemens will provide its imaging equipment for all new facilities of the Neighbors Emergency Center, which are expected to open in new Texas markets and other states.

Neighbors Emergency Center chief operating officer Bruce McVeigh said: "It is currently common practice for many ER facilities to purchase refurbished equipment.

"This contract with Siemens creates a standardized, state-of-the-art package of new radiology and imaging equipment for all of our Neighbors Emergency Centers as we strive to be a leader in the free-standing emergency center market."

Siemens will supply its new CT, overhead X-ray, and ultrasound equipment for each new facility of the Neighbors Emergency Center.

Neighbors is planning to open eight new centers in this year, comprising locations in Midland, Odessa, El Paso, and Texas City.