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More top-performing CAPS members are giving the thumbs up to Varian Medical Systems
Tightened capital budgets have hindered hospitals' ability to make big purchases. That pain has trickled down to medical device makers such as Intuitive Surgical
Varian has felt the same pressure for its advanced radiation therapy and X-ray equipment, but the company still managed to post positive sales growth in its most recent quarter. Many CAPS members believe pent-up demand will later be a big benefit to Varian, which commands more than half of the global cancer radiation equipment market. It currently generates about half of its revenue from abroad, but only 15% from Asia, and looks to increase that foreign component, with plans for strong growth in emerging markets such as China.
Varian's new Rapid Arc radiation system has been well-received, giving stiff competition to rivals TomoTherapy and Accuray
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