Varian Medical Systems Receives Orders For Fifteen Linatron™ Industrial Linear Accelerators Configured For Cargo Screening | Varian

Varian Medical Systems Receives Orders For Fifteen Linatron™ Industrial Linear Accelerators Configured For Cargo Screening

PALO ALTO, Calif. - August 13, 2003 - BetweenApril and June, 2003, Varian Medical Systems received orders from several
manufacturers for fifteen Linatron® industrial linear
accelerators, to be incorporated into cargo screening systems bound for Saudi
Arabia, Japan, and the United States.

"High energy X-ray linear accelerators have proven to be the most effective
tools available for rapid, high-resolution cargo screening," said Lester Boeh,
vice president for Varian's Security & Inspection Products business. 
"This is an established technology for security inspection, as well as for
manifest verification and interdiction.  Security issues are of paramount
importance.  But countries are acquiring cargo screening systems and
setting them up at ports of entry for other reasons, as well.  Customs
services around the world are realizing that they can collect lost revenue
through better manifest verification.  Many of the goods that enter a
country are either incorrectly, or never declared on cargo manifests, so
customs doesn’t collect the applicable duties and tariffs.  These
systems are an excellent way of generating revenue and enhancing security at
the same time."

Varian's Security & Inspection Products business has delivered nearly 60
high-energy x-ray accelerators for cargo inspection to more than 35 locations
worldwide.  Although the use of high-energy X-ray screening technology
for cargo inspection is still relatively new to the U.S., many countries
around the world have adopted this approach, primarily for manifest
verification and revenue enhancement.

"High-energy accelerators generate enough energy to penetrate up to 17 inches
of solid steel and produce high-quality images that show even small objects in
fine detail," said Boeh.   “None of the competing
technologies for cargo screening offer that level of penetration or contrast
sensitivity.  Linatron-based systems have proven to be ten times more
contrast sensitive than other systems.  And the Linatron accelerator
technology also eliminates the potential hazards, costs, and other issues
associated with using and disposing of radioactive sources."

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