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Dentsply Sirona delivers 40,000th Heliodent Plus x-ray tube

Celebrations and milestones

Dentsply Sirona Imaging reached a special milestone in late 2016: The 40,000th x-ray tube assembly of the current Heliodent Plus model was shipped.


In 1934, Siemens-Reiniger-Werke (SRW) brought the famous "Röntgenkugel" x-ray sphere onto the market and at the time, it was the smallest x-ray device in the world. The x-ray beam was focused with pinpoint accuracy on the area for examination by a cone-shaped tube assembly. In 1955, SRW introduced the HELIODENT intraoral x-ray machine. Along with the name, the basic principle of the emitter has remained almost completely unchanged until the present day. From 1978 onwards, Siemens produced the machine at the Bensheim site in Germany and since then, more than 180,000 intraoral X-ray devices have left the factory. The great international demand, particularly from North America, Europe and Asia, further increased when the current model, the Heliodent Plus, was unveiled for the expert community at IDS 2009. In September 2016, the 40,000th X-ray tube assembly was delivered.

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