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Institut Curie Acquires Four Advanced Radiotherapy Treatment Systems Including Three Varian TrueBeam Devices
Date:9/4/2012

PARIS, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Four advanced radiotherapy treatment systems from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) have been ordered by Institut Curie, one of Europe's foremost comprehensive cancer centers, to replace older and less capable machines. Institut Curie, which operates at three sites in Paris, is acquiring three Varian TrueBeam™ systems and a Novalis Tx™ machine to extend the range of modern cancer treatments offered to patients.  

The largest hospital in the Institut Curie network, located in central Paris, treats patients using five Varian linear accelerators and two of these older machines are being replaced by two TrueBeams. At nearby Saint-Cloud, two older units are being replaced by one new TrueBeam and one Novalis Tx machine, which will enable clinicians at the center to offer advanced treatments such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy – Varian's approach to volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) -- for the first time.      

"These new machines will enable us to develop new techniques at our Saint-Cloud facility while extending the availability of innovative treatments in Paris," said Dr. Alain Fourquet, head of radiation oncology. "TrueBeam will allow us to optimize dose distribution, positioning and throughput while opening the way to introduce more adaptive radiotherapy techniques to benefit our patients."

Institut Curie, which treats over 5,000 patients a year with radiotherapy, also comprises the largest cancer research facility in France with laboratories dedicated to fundamental and translational research in biology and physics. Dr. Fourquet said the new TrueBeam systems would also be utilized for clinical research.

Varian's TrueBeam was designed to treat tumors with great speed and accuracy. It features a multitude of techni
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