Varian Medical Products Designed To Speed Delivery Of Precision Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy

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Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy

Varian Medical Systems will unveil a faster and more precise technology for treating cancer patients with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). Varian's ASTRO exhibit will feature its groundbreaking RapidArc radiotherapy technology among several products that are designed to increase the speed, precision, and personalization of cancer treatments.

Varian's ASTRO Booth #419 will highlight:

-- RapidArc radiotherapy, a new volumetric arc therapy that will enable clinicians to deliver radiation more precisely in much less time. RapidArc will make it possible to quickly deliver a complete intensity- modulated radiation treatment during a single rotation of the treatment machine around the patient while potentially conforming dose more closely to the size, shape and location of the tumor and sparing more surrounding healthy tissue. (See related press release entitled Varian Medical Systems to Introduce RapidArc Radiotherapy Technology for Volumetric Arc Therapy at ASTRO 2007).

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-- The new Novalis Tx radiosurgery offering, combining Varian's high- definition HD120 multileaf collimator, Trilogy linear accelerator, On- Board Imager device and software with BrainLAB's ExacTrac imager, robotic couch and treatment planning software. This platform features the highest dose delivery rates in the industry, dynamic beam shaping, and frameless patient positioning for more rapid, effective, and comfortable treatments. "Together, we are offering radiation oncologists, neurosurgeons and other medical specialists the sharpest knife available for radiosurgery," said Tim Guertin, CEO of Varian.

-- Varian's new iX line of HDR afterloaders and VariSeed treatment planning software, which are designed to enhance accuracy and streamline the planning and delivery of brachytherapy treatments.

-- Eclipse treatment planning, with its Smart Segmentation automatic contouring and beam angle optimization tools, as well as proton spot scanning, which makes it possible to modulate the beam's intensity to produce optimized proton dose distributions in three dimensions.

-- The ARIA Oncology Information System with comprehensive electronic medical records (EMR) for medical and radiation oncology treatment facilities.

"Across our entire product portfolio, we have focused our development on speeding up highly targeted treatments," said Dow Wilson, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "These new offerings make this a pivotal year for Varian."

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