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Leading Turkish Hospital Group Selects Varian Equipment for Major Expansion
Date:8/10/2009

ISTANBUL, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The first hospital group in Turkey to offer cancer patients advanced RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy treatments has acquired four additional treatment machines from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). Acibadem Healthcare Group, based in Istanbul, has expanded its radiotherapy facilities in Turkey from three to five with new centers in Adana and Kayseri.

RapidArc treatments have commenced at Acibadem's Maslak Hospital in Istanbul, enabling the hospital to extend more advanced care to more patients. Doctors at Maslak are using the technology to carry out image-guided IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) treatments on a range of tumors.

RapidArc delivers a precise and efficient treatment in single or multiple arcs of the medical linear accelerator around the patient and makes it possible to deliver image-guided IMRT two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Faster treatments allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery and, with less time on the treatment couch, also allow for greater patient comfort.

Dr. Enis Ozyar, M.D., professor of radiation oncology with Acibadem Healthcare Group, said, "Our group continually invests in the latest technology and we seek to offer the most advanced cancer care in Turkey," said Dr. Ozyar. "We are delighted to be the first in the country to offer RapidArc treatments.

"Having departments equipped by Varian brings tremendous advantages to our group and our patients, because all our centers are integrated and connected and remote access is possible to all planning and patient information systems. It makes it easier for our professionals to deliver treatments by standardizing treatment protocols
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