PALO ALTO, Calif. — November 22, 2005 — Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR), a world leader in cancer therapy technology, as well as a premier supplier of X-ray tubes and the PaxScan® line of digital X-ray image detectors, will exhibit several product lines, including real-time fluoroscopic, angiographic, cardiac, and cone-beam CT imagers, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago from November 27 – December 2, 2005.
PAXSCAN DIGITAL X-RAY IMAGE DETECTORS
Varian’s detectors convert X rays into electronic data for the rapidly expanding Digital Radiography (DR) and three-dimensional cone-beam CT market. In fluoroscopic mode, these image detectors can process data and display images at rates of up to 60 frames per second—fast enough to let doctors visualize a child’s beating heart to make a diagnosis.
Varian PaxScan image detectors have been incorporated into systems for surgery, angiography, cardiac catheterization, gastrointestinal imaging, dental imaging, and veterinary medicine, as well as industrial systems for non-destructive testing. In addition, PaxScan detectors are incorporated into the advanced cancer treatment systems offered by Varian’s own Oncology Systems business.
Says Kevin Wilson, chairman and CEO of Sound Technologies, a company that makes the TruDR™ radiographic system for diagnostic veterinary imaging, “With their solid technology, R&D, integration, and support, Varian allows us to create great products and bring them to market much faster and more cost-effectively.‿
According to Gary Okamoto, marketing manager for the PaxScan image detector product line, Varian’s panels range in size from 13 x 13 cm to 40 x 30 cm. Each one incorporates a state-of-the-art amorphous-silicon sensor array with a highly sensitive scintillator and custom low-noise electronics.
CANCER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES
Also at RSNA, Varian will demonstrate elements of the company’s DART™ solution for dynamic adaptive radiotherapy—an approach for using up-to-date image data to adapt a cancer patient's treatment based on constantly-evolving information about changes in tumor shape, size, and position. The company will also exhibit the new ARIA™ Oncology Information Management System, a comprehensive real-time management system and database product for operating filmless and paperless cancer clinics that offer radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or surgery.
In addition to these products, Varian will exhibit the company’s full line of X-ray tubes for medical and industrial imaging applications, including CT and other diagnostic imaging, mammography, and non-destructive testing. Varian Interay, Varian's third party/asset management service provider, will have on display its wide range of X-ray tubes including new replacements for Siemens, Philips, and GE imaging systems.
ABOUT VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., (NYSE: VAR) of Palo Alto, California is the world's leading manufacturer of integrated cancer therapy systems, which are used to treat thousands of patients per day. The company is also a premier supplier of X-ray tubes and digital X-ray image detectors for imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 3,500 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 56 sales and support offices around the world. Additional information is available on the company's web site at http://www.varian.com/ .
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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SOURCE: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Web site: http://www.varian.com/