Targetting cancer with highest precision by X-ray focusing enabled by H.C. Starck’s tungsten components

Radiation shielding and precision are required to effectively target and destroy cancer while preserving normal cells.

H.C. Starck is a key player in the development of new products and technologies for both the diagnosis and therapy of cancer. We supply a wide range of components for X-ray tubes and CT scanners.

In X-ray devices, the absorption of X-rays and gamma radiation generally is in direct proportion to the density of the shielding material. H.C. Starck's tungsten alloys with densities more than 50 per cent greater than lead, provide extremely efficient radiation shielding and protection, especially in limited spaces. Tungsten combines excellent corrosion resistance with the highest melting point, lowest vapor pressure, and highest tensile strength at temperatures above 1,650°C of all metals. Its hardness and high density make it ideal for radiation shielding.

H.C. Starck offers tungsten in pure and alloy form as finished machined parts for use in a variety of medical technology applications, including X-ray anodes, collimator or "anti-scatter" plates, radiation shielding, radioactive source containers, and syringe covers for radioactive isotope injection and radiopaque markers.