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United States Department of Defense Invests in Canon DR & RadPRO® Mobile Digital X-Ray Systems

RadPRO® SOLTUS® 100M Mobile Digital X-Ray System to be used by Army and Marines

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 19, 2017 – When detecting and diagnosing injuries in the theater of war, two critical factors are time and accuracy. In response to these needs, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that the United States Department of Defense purchased from Virtual Imaging, Inc., a Canon company, over one hundred RadPRO1SOLTUS 100M Mobile Digital X-Ray Systems (also referred to as the “Portable Digital Radiography System”) for use by the United States Army. Offering high-resolution images through the inclusion of Canon Digital Radiography (DR) technology, the SOLTUS 100M Systems will provide deployed medical, special operations and mortuary affairs military units with a system that has received cybersecurity certification for the Risk Management Framework program of the United States Department of Defense and that is small and lightweight. Additionally, the Department of Defense has placed an order for SOLTUS 100M Systems for use by the United States Marine Corps, in an effort to standardize the healthcare system to help facilitate collaboration among trainers, operators and device maintainers throughout the military.

“In the ever-present life-or-death situations of the battlefield, it is vital that medical technicians have the tools that they need to make a diagnosis as soon as possible,” said Tsuneo Imai, vice president and general manager, Healthcare Solutions Division, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and President, Virtual Imaging, Inc. “With its compact footprint, the RadPRO SOLTUS 100M System can be rapidly transported so that x-rays can be processed when they’re needed the most with the quality that is to be expected from Canon Digital Radiography (DR) technology.”

The decision to acquire the SOLTUS 100M Systems came as the Department of Defense was looking to upgrade from their previous aging devices. The Army has reported that it previously utilized a separate x-ray generator and a reader system, both of which are combined in the lightweight SOLTUS 100M System. The Army also reported that the size and weight of the SOLTUS 100M System will allow the Army to reduce shipping weight by approximately 60 pounds per System and also reduce the number of containers needed to ship. Another reason why the Department of the Defense decided to invest in the Systems is due to the technical support provided by Virtual Imaging.

“When we were looking to upgrade our imaging technology, we were looking for a system that would help us respond to emergencies in the field with speed and efficiency,” said Diego Gomez-Morales, biomedical equipment specialist, United States Army Medical Materiel Agency (USAMMA). “The Portable Digital Radiography System (RadPRO SOLTUS System) met the essential characteristics of our requirements, including being easy to transport and able to provide us with high-quality images with a fast turnaround time--two elements that are crucial for military medical units. This new imaging system will help us reduce our operations cost, improve logistics and, most importantly, help save lives.”

The RadPRO SOLTUS 100M Mobile Digital X-Ray System folds into a condensed configuration to allow for easy transportation and storage for instant x-ray imaging, making it an ideal fit for military field use. The System allows for short exposure times and fast image acquisition, featuring an intuitive user-friendly touch screen, manual collimator, and Canon CXDI -501G Digital Radiography (DR) System. When in use, the unit is powered with a 20-foot line-in cable for easy connectivity and exposures are handled by a 10-foot hand switch. Included with the System is a laptop that is designed to withstand many of the harsh elements experienced in the field. The SOLTUS 100M Systems purchased by the military will be covered by 24/7 technical support, with support being provided by Virtual Imaging during its standard business hours and after-hours coverage being provided by the award-winning Canon Information Technology Services (CITS), Inc.

For more information about radiography solutions from Virtual Imaging, please visit https://www.usa.canon.com/dr.

To read the Army’s announcement on this acquisition, please visit https://www.army.mil/article/185780/army_modernizes_portable_battlefield_radiography_system.

About Virtual Imaging, Inc.

Virtual Imaging, Inc., a Canon company, combines unmatched experience, extensive resources and broad business functions. Virtual Imaging collaborates with large complex hospitals, imaging centers, private physician offices and government organizations to support them in becoming efficient, high-performance healthcare providers and professionals with the latest in digital radiography technology. Virtual Imaging assists in the forward advancement of its clients, from strategic planning to day-to-day operations, with commitment to providing products and services for diagnostic equipment, imaging solutions and digital flat panel technology. In addition to healthcare organizations, Virtual Imaging also provides solutions to the U.S. veterinary sector and to the security industry – a field deployable radiography system for military use and a full-body security screening system to help address certain security needs of jails, prisons and other high-security environments.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016.† Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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1 All RadPRO products are sold by Virtual Imaging, Inc., a Canon company, and its authorized dealers.

Canon and CXDI are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States, and may be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. RadPRO and SOLTUS are registered trademarks Virtual Imaging, Inc., a Canon U.S.A., Inc. company, in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries.

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RadPRO® SOLTUS® 100M Mobile Digital X-Ray System