Varian Medical Systems, an independent supplier of x-ray tubes and flat panel digital image detectors for medical imaging, exhibited a range of digital radiography (DR) components at the China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in Shanghai, China, May 15-18, 2015. According to an announcement from Varian, the company’s CMEF exhibit included replacement tubes, radiographic x-ray tube housings, specialized mammography tubes and housings, and wireless digital x-ray image detectors.

Some of the specific products on display at CMEF included replacement tubes for use in GE LightSpeed, GE BrightSpeed, and Philips Brilliance 6- and 16-slice CT scanners, according to Varian. The company also displayed an “off the shelf” radiographic housing designed for easy inclusion in imaging systems without customization. Additional items included mammography tubes designed for advanced applications that yield high contrast when imaging large or dense areas of the breast, and an air-cooled mammography tube housing for digital and tomography applications that is capable of high heat dissipation rates and sized to fit into standard x-ray inserts.

“Varian is committed to China and to making significant investments in operations there,” said Sunny Sanyal, president and general manager of Varian Imaging Components. “We are manufacturing components locally with full adherence to our world-class standards, offering reliable and cost-effective products for enhancing healthcare for patients in China.”

Also on display at CMEF, Varian reports, were PaxScan wireless digital image detectors. These detectors are reportedly optimized for dose efficiency and low signal-to-noise ratios, offering superior digital image quality along with higher throughput, significant workflow efficiencies, and the potential to enhance patient care and comfort. The company also showcased a diagnostic x-ray tube housing that incorporates a heat exchanger and housing in a single unit. This air-cooled housing can reportedly dissipate five times more heat than was possible with earlier tube designs. It offers a simpler, robust, value-driven option for powering x-ray imaging systems. The housing was designed to fit into a variety of OEM system configurations and is suitable for use in stationary radiography/fluoroscopy or fixed C-arm systems.

“Our tubes and panel products are optimized for use in digital imaging systems which are much more efficient and more environmentally friendly than systems that utilize film,” Sanyal said in the announcement. “With our digital imaging software, workstations, and wireless flat-panel detectors, we can help x-ray imaging equipment manufacturers in China build systems that serve a high volume of patients.”

For more information about the digital radiography components that were showcased at CMEF in Shanghai, visit the Varian Medical Systems website.