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Varian Medical Systems Announces Record Demand for New RapidArc(TM) Radiotherapy Treatment Capability
Date:4/23/2008

Company reports more than 60 orders for faster form of image-guided

intensity-modulated radiation therapy

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced it has received more than 60 orders for its new RapidArc radiotherapy product for faster image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). RapidArc orders have been concentrated in North America but have also come in from Europe and Asia since the product was introduced to the market in January, according to the company.

"We are delighted with the early interest in RapidArc, which promises to be a formidable weapon in the battle against cancer," says Tim Guertin, president and CEO of Varian Medical Systems. "This represents the strongest demand for any new product in our history and reflects the need for faster, more user-friendly systems that enable clinics to offer more patients greater access to advanced image-guided IMRT treatments with precision and quality. With RapidArc, we are adding to the already-unsurpassed versatility and value of our Clinac(R) and Trilogy(R) accelerators, making it possible for clinics to use a broader range of imaging, motion management, and dose delivery techniques to deliver an optimal cancer treatment for each and every patient." The company expects to begin shipment of the RapidArc product before the end of this month.

RapidArc delivers a complete volumetric IMRT treatment in a single arc of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT, including helical tomotherapy. Treatment planning analyse
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