Global device companies have teamed up with non-profit medical imaging solutions provider the World Health Imaging Alliance (WHIA) to provide digital imaging technology to developing communities around the world.

WHIA aims to make diagnostic imaging accessible to billions by providing 20,000 cost-effective and efficient X-ray systems worldwide.

It has collaborated with the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) to help deploy imaging systems in hospitals, health clinics and other medical facilities.

WHIA has also partnered with Sedecal, a global OEM manufacturer of X-ray systems for the supply of X-ray machines.

Carestream Health will provide digital medical imaging equipment and Merge Healthcare will be responsible for supplying software solutions to WHIA, On Target magazine reports.

At least one diagnostic imaging system is needed for every 50,000 people.

Medical imaging services are needed for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions like trauma, chest disease (including tuberculosis), and abdominal ailments prevalent in developing countries.

WHIA chief executive officer Ivy Walker said that without diagnostic imaging, many treatable conditions could be debilitating or even prove to be fatal.