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Leading German Healthcare Group Selects Equipment and Software from Varian Medical Systems for Major Replacement Project
Date:3/10/2009

RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Technology among New Capabilities Offered to Cancer Patients in HELIOS Hospitals

BERLIN, March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cancer patients throughout Germany will gain access to the most modern radiotherapy treatments with the announcement by the HELIOS Kliniken Group that it is acquiring nine linear accelerators from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), the majority of them equipped with RapidArc(TM) technology for fast and comfortable treatments.

Berlin-based HELIOS, one of the three largest private clinic groups in Germany, offers radiotherapy at six hospitals in Krefeld, Wuppertal, Schwerin, Bad Saarow, Berlin-Zehlendorf and Berlin-Buch. The new machines will be installed at each of these sites, replacing older models and adding capacity that will give more patients access to the most advanced cancer care. Each site will also receive a suite of Varian's ARIA(TM) oncology information management software and Eclipse(TM) treatment planning software. Three of the hospitals will also receive a new GammaMed(TM) brachytherapy afterloader. The total value of the order, placed in February, is $17 million.

"The new equipment will enable HELIOS to offer dynamic adaptive, high-precision radiotherapy for all patients and they have identified RapidArc as a major additional capability," says Michael Sandhu, head of Varian's Oncology Systems business in Europe. "Healthcare providers such as HELIOS have continued to invest strongly in radiotherapy equipment and software which enables them to offer patients modern and comfortable treatments. We are honored to be working with Helios on this major project."

For the first time, RapidArc treatments will be offered by HELIOS hospitals enabling image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to be delivered up to eight time
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