UK Hospitals Order All Varian TrueBeam Radiotherapy Systems Offered Under
Government Stimulus Program
Oncology Departments in North Middlesex and Poole Acquire Final Two TrueBeam
Systems Made Available Under NHS Supply Chain Initiative
CRAWLEY, U.K., April 29, 2013
CRAWLEY, U.K., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hospitals in London and Dorset
have acquired the final two of ten advanced Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR)
radiotherapy treatment machines offered as part of an innovative government
program to roll out the most modern cancer treatments for patients in the UK's
public hospitals. North Middlesex University Hospital and Poole Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust have ordered TrueBeam™ medical linear accelerators via an NHS
Supply Chain initiative aimed at stimulating replacements of older treatment
machines with state-of-the-art systems.
For North Middlesex University Hospital, the TrueBeam ordered earlier this
year replaces an older radiotherapy machine and will enable the hospital to
introduce advanced radiotherapy techniques such as image-guided radiotherapy
(IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery
(SRS) for the first time, along with fast and precise RapidArc® technology.
"We see a lot of lung cancer and prostate cancer patients at this hospital and
these patients will benefit greatly from these more advanced and precise
technologies," says Sian Davies, consultant clinical oncologist. "We have a
large workload here and RapidArc on TrueBeam will be particularly helpful in
enabling us to achieve a greater throughput."
"RapidArc is used clinically all over the world and it has become a tried and
tested method for delivering fast and precise volumetric treatments," adds
head of radiotherapy Joanne McCaffrey. "We believe it will be a real asset to
our oncology department."
Designed to treat a moving target with unprecedented speed and accuracy,
Varian's TrueBeam system incorporates numerous technical innovations that
dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management, and
treatment delivery during a radiotherapy or radiosurgery procedure. The
advanced RapidArc system delivers precise image-guided IMRT (intensity
modulated radiotherapy) up to four times faster than conventional IMRT.
As well as ordering the TrueBeam system in March, Poole Hospital has also
upgraded its two existing Varian linear accelerators with On-Board Imager® and
RapidArc technology, enabling fast and efficient image-guided IMRT treatments
for their patients.
David Scott, Varian's UK sales director, says, "The ten Varian machines
offered through the NHS Supply Chain commitment deal have been ordered swiftly
by hospitals. This shows that Varian will continue as the premier supplier to
National Health Service hospitals, developing technologies that offer patients
advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments that can be delivered
quickly and efficiently."
Other TrueBeam systems in the NHS Supply Chain initiative have been ordered
over the past year by hospitals in Guildford (x2), Newcastle (x2), Hereford,
Hull, Liverpool, and Sheffield.
Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading
manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other
medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy. The
company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer
clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a
premier supplier of tubes, digital detectors, and image processing
workstations for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial
applications and also supplies high-energy X-ray devices for cargo screening
and non-destructive testing applications. Varian Medical Systems employs
approximately 6,200 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North
America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices
around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow
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SOURCE Varian Medical Systems
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