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London's Barts Hospital Selects Varian Equipment to Offer Advanced Radiotherapy to More Cancer Patients
Date:8/5/2009

LONDON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Developers behind an ambitious project to redevelop one of London's leading cancer centers have ordered four new radiotherapy treatment machines from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). Barts and The London NHS Trust is acquiring the new Clinac(R) linear accelerators as part of a high-profile 1 billion pounds Sterling PFI (private finance initiative) scheme and treatments are due to commence at Barts and the London Cancer Centre at Barts Hospital next spring.

The new machines, ordered in June and all equipped with On-Board Imager(R) devices and RapidArc(R) capability, will enable Barts to expand its intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) program and offer advanced treatments to more patients. The new machines will replace three older devices and will be joined by a two-year-old accelerator that is being transferred from the current site and upgraded with RapidArc, giving the hospital five modern Varian linear accelerators when installed.

In the largest PFI project of its kind in the UK to date, world renowned hospitals Barts in the City and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel are both being redeveloped. Barts was founded in 1123 and is the oldest hospital in Britain. Together, the hospitals provide comprehensive care for more than 700,000 patients each year.

"These modern and advanced treatment machines will enable us to offer highly conformal IMRT treatments to more cancer patients," says Niall MacDougall, physicist at Barts, "We are also eager to introduce RapidArc treatments as soon as possible."

Dr. Amen Sibtain, consultant clinical oncologist, adds, "RapidArc will offer substantial benefits to our patients and is an exciting step forward for our department. We are already reaping the rewards of IMRT and RapidArc wi
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