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Varian Announces Global Clinical Council to Develop RapidArc(TM) Cancer Treatments
Date:3/19/2008

Top cancer centers contribute to continuing development of fast and precise

form of image-guided intensity modulated radiation therapy

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) has formed a council of leading cancer centers in North America and Europe to further the development of clinical protocols using its revolutionary RapidArc(TM) radiotherapy technology for fast and precise cancer treatments. RapidArc makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT or helical tomotherapy.

The RapidArc council members include researchers and scientists from the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark; CRLC Val d'Aurelle in Montpellier, France; University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland; BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver, Canada; University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore, USA; and University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

The council members have been working with early versions of the Varian RapidArc system to potentially expand clinical applications for the new treatment method. As part of this effort, they intend to develop additional clinical presentations on the new technology for submission to scientific meetings, journals and symposia. In addition, the council members will collaborate with Varian engineers and developers in Switzerland, Finland and the US on future enhancements to the technology.

"RapidArc represents a major medical advance that has the potential to change the way radiation therapy is planned and delivered and the RapidArc Council has alre
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