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Top Belgian Cancer Center Becomes First in Country to Introduce RapidArc Radiotherapy Treatments From Varian Medical Systems
Date:2/2/2009

th time-savings he identified an improvement in sparing nearby organs at risk from being affected by the radiation, an ability to boost the dose from 74 to 78 Gy while achieving a 30% reduction in 'monitor units' used during treatment, and an ability to tighten margins from 1cm to 0.7cm because of less prostate motion during the shorter treatment. In addition, patient comfort is improved because the time they need to lie on the treatment table is shortened considerably.

"The team at Leuven has done a great job in introducing RapidArc treatments so quickly and becoming among the first in Europe to begin treatments using this technique," said Vincent Ronfle, Varian's regional sales manager. "This hospital is well-known for its innovative approach and technical choices and it has been quick to implement an advanced treatment technique which improves quality while saving time."

The University Hospital of Leuven treats up to 200 patients per day on five Varian Clinac(R) linear accelerators. The hospital was one of the earliest in Europe to introduce IMRT treatments and the technique is now used routinely for prostate, head & neck, oesophagus and rectal cancer treatments. As the hospital becomes more familiar with the technique, RapidArc image-guided IMRT treatments will gradually be introduced for indications other than prostate cancer.

Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068

About Varian Medical Systems

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
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