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Leading Middle East Cancer Hospital Acquires Advanced Radiotherapy Capability from Varian Medical Systems
Date:3/11/2009

Part of the Hamad Medical Corporation, the government provider of health in the State of Qatar, Al Amal Hospital treats patients from across the Gulf region. Its patients represent a complex mix of all types of tumors, including pediatric cases and a large proportion of breast cancer patients. The department aims to become a recognized Centre of Excellence in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) for the region within five years.

"This is the vision and we are already well on our way," says Dr Al-Hammadi. "We have always ensured that the treatments offered to the population of Qatar match those found in any major state-of-the-art cancer center in the world. In keeping with this mandate, we evaluated offerings from all three major vendors, as well as other arc therapy techniques such as helical tomotherapy, and decided that Varian had the most advanced systems and the most clinically integrated system to meet our needs."

"Varian's equipment and software supports our belief in seamless care. The ability to implement both RapidArc and stereotactic radiosurgery using 3D image guidance will allow us to offer better precision. In addition, the ARIA(TM) oncology information management system will enable us to go paperless and be fully integrated to the hospital's imaging systems, meaning better workflow and better overall patient care."

Michael Sandhu, head of Varian's Oncology Systems business in the EMEA region, said, "This decision by one of the foremost radiotherapy departments in the Middle East shows that what's most important for customers in this region is not just the latest, most up-to-date technology but also equipment performance and reliability, along with a strong service and support organization in the Gulf region. A huge plus for Varian is our service office and bonded warehouse facility in Bahrain. We have 18 service people including dedicated IT service personnel in the region and they are on hand to p
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