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Cancer Patients in Scotland Gain Access to Advanced RapidArc Radiotherapy Treatments from Varian Medical Systems
Date:7/15/2010

ers such as prostate and brain in the months ahead."

He added, "The Beatson was the first radiotherapy centre in Scotland to introduce IMRT and we have been seeking new methods to allow more patients to receive the benefits of this highly conformal technology. Previously, patient treatments would have required up to nine different positions of the treatment machine to be set in sequence. Now, instead of this stop and start approach, with RapidArc such treatments will take place in two continuous rotations of the machine, taking just over two minutes. This is up to four times quicker to deliver than standard IMRT."

The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre treats more than 7,000 patients each year on 11 Varian medical linear accelerators. With a catchment area covering half the population of Scotland, the center has a history of pioneering advanced radiotherapy treatments.  

"We are delighted that more patients will gain access to image-guided IMRT treatments thanks to RapidArc," says David Dodds. "IMRT has become established as an accurate, reliable and efficient means of radiotherapy delivery, allowing optimum radiation doses to be delivered to the tumor while at the same time allowing sparing of surrounding normal tissues. As a result, side-effects from radiation treatment are significantly diminished and tumor control is potentially increased."

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

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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
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