Varian Medical Systems To Exhibit Truebeam(tm) System For Image-guided Cancer

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Varian Medical Systems to Exhibit TrueBeam(TM) System for Image-Guided Cancer Treatments and New

Software Capabilities at ASTRO Meeting in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

             Company will showcase new capabilities designed to make

    radiotherapy and radiosurgery faster, easier, more accurate, and cost


    ASTRO Booth # 201 -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) will highlight

its new TrueBeam(TM) system for fast, powerful and efficient cancer

treatments at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation

Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in San Diego next week. Varian will also showcase

Gated RapidArc(R), as well as new software capabilities designed to make

cancer treatments faster, easier, and more accurate while lowering the cost

per treatment.

    The TrueBeam System for Image-Guided Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery

    The new TrueBeam system delivers high-precision image-guided radiotherapy

and radiosurgery, treating a moving tumor with unprecedented speed and

accuracy. It uses a completely re-engineered control system and a multitude

of technical innovations to dynamically synchronize imaging, patient

positioning, motion management, and treatment delivery. Designed to be a

best-in-class and versatile platform, TrueBeam can be used for all forms of

external beam image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

    Gated RapidArc

    Varian will also showcase Gated RapidArc radiotherapy, which is available

on the company's TrueBeam, Trilogy(R), and Clinac(R) iX linear accelerators.

Gated RapidArc compensates for tumor motion while quickly delivering dose

during a continuous rotation around the patient. This development enables the

use of RapidArc to target lung tumors with greater precision by "gating" the

beam-turning it on and off-in response to tumor motion.

    Faster Treatment Planning

    Also on display will be the 2010 release of the Eclipse(TM) treatment

planning system, including the new Acuros(R) XB algorithm, which reduces the

amount of time it takes to calculate a treatment plan for external beam

radiotherapy. (See related press release, Varian Medical Systems Receives

510(k) Clearance for Acuros(R) XB Advanced Dose Calculation Algorithm).

    Other enhancements in the new Eclipse release include:

    - Tools that make it easier to generate RapidArc(R) plans for

      treating large tumor volumes using multiple arcs.

    - A new arc geometry tool that gives planners a "leg up" by

      offering a starting point for RapidArc plans, reducing the amount of 

      time spent in "trial and error" mode before arriving at the final plan.

    - A PRO3 algorithm that optimizes RapidArc plans more quickly by a

      factor of two or more.

    - Portal dosimetry for RapidArc, which enables clinicians to check

      the quality of treatments without using phantoms or film, which is more

      time consuming.

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    - A new workspace that allows for better integration of

      multimodality imaging in the treatment planning process and makes it

      easier to use PET scans for contouring.

    - A SmartAdapt tool that helps clinicians made adaptations if a

      treatment plan should be changed due to tumor shrinkage, weight loss, 

      or any other process affecting anatomy during a multiple-week course of


    The ARIA(R) Oncology Information System: Meeting Certification Criteria

    Enhancements to the ARIA(R) oncology information system for 2010 take

important steps toward compliance with requirements that the federal

government has established for certifying electronic health records under the

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). New capabilities this

year include a web-based patient portal giving cancer patients access to

their personal health information via the Internet. A new drug database for

use in radiation oncology departments has also been added, along with a lab

orders workspace for electronic ordering and tracking of tests and test

results. "We have also added a feature that allows the clinical staff to

capture information unrelated to cancer treatment, such as advanced

directives and infectious diseases," said Charmaine Lawrence, marketing


    "In addition to the TrueBeam system, software enhancements have been a

major focus for Varian this year, and this will be reflected in our exhibit

at the ASTRO meeting," said Karla Donohoe, senior director of marketing. "We

are committed to providing clinicians with powerful tools for targeting

cancer and minimizing undesirable side effects, and to making those tools

faster and easier to use so that more people can benefit."


    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, proton therapy, 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 and digital detectors for

X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also

supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial

inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 5,100 people who are

located at manufacturing sites in North America, China, and Europe and in its

79 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit


    Meryl Ginsberg, (650) 424-6444

SOURCE: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

    CONTACT: Meryl Ginsberg of Varian Medical Systems, Inc., +1-650-424-6444,

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