Medical Imaging

Liquid Cooling Systems for Efficient Temperature Control of Medical Diagnostics

One critical element of today’s diagnostic equipment is its cooling system. The cooling system prevents overheating, which can cause equipment to malfunction. Additionally, cooling solutions help maintain thermal stability of lab instrumentation, which is necessary for high-quality results. Considering the importance of medical imaging and diagnostic tests to monitor and maintain patients’ health, the equipment and the lab must be thermally maintained to ensure equipment consistently meets stated performance expectations.


Thermal Management for Medical Applications

Laird Thermal Systems offers a broad range of thermal management solutions for the medical industry to address bulk heat removal of x-ray imaging systems, precise temperature control of detectors and refrigeration of medical diagnostic chambers.  

This brochure provides an overview of applications and products suitable for this market.

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Radiation Therapy (RT)

Radiation damages the DNA in malignant tissue, which prevents the cell’s ability to repair itself or reproduce. 

A linear accelerator, or LINAC is used to produce and deliver the radiation beam to the targeted area through a complex system. As the X-ray tube in this system is very powerful it also has high heat load requirements, ranging up to 25 kilowatts. Temperature control of devices within the system is required to optimize radiation beam and destroy as few healthy cells as possible.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET scanning is a gamma-based imaging technique that allows doctors to detect early signs of cancer, brain disorders and heart diseases by identifying changes in organs and tissues at cellular level. In a PET scan, the patient is injected with a radioactive substance and placed on a flat table that moves into a donut-shaped housing called gantry. 

Cooling Medical X-ray Imaging Equipment


Designed to take pictures inside a patient’s body, medical X-ray imaging systems are a vital piece of detection equipment. Medical X-ray imaging equipment can be used to detect and diagnose a wide range of injuries or diseases. In X-ray-based imaging techniques, an X-ray beam is projected through a patient to a recording medium. The generation and projection of an X-ray beam is highly inefficient and produces a large amount of waste heat. The heat load can be as much as 5KW.

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SDA-130-24-02 Direct-to-Air

The SDA-130-24-02 Direct-to-Air thermoelectric assembly is a high performance thermoelectric based heat pump. It is designed to temperature control small chambers used in medical diagnostics or sample storage compartments in analytical instrumentation. This unique, patent pending design offers a high performance hot side heat dissipation mechanism that convects heat more efficiently than conventional heat exchanger technologies. The design utilizes custom thermoelectric modules to maximize cooling capacity and premium grade fans to reduce noise.

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DAT-105-24-02 Direct-to-Air

The DAT-105-24-02 is a thermoelectric based air conditioner designed to temperature control small chambers used in analytical and medical diagnostic instruments. The unique design offers premium fans pushing air across-high density heat sinks to minimize the number of air flow paths required to operate. The design utilizes custom thermoelectric modules to maximize cooling capacity with a high coefficient of performance. Moisture resistant insulation is used to keep condensation from penetrating the TEM cavity. The unit operates on DC and is designed for an indoor lab use environment.

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