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Varian Medical Systems Selected to Supply Major Project to Bring Advanced Radiotherapy Treatments to North of Portugal
Date:10/30/2009

le arcs of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver image-guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Faster treatments allow for greater precision, since there is less chance of patient or tumor movement during treatment delivery and, with less time on the treatment couch, also allow for greater patient comfort.

Novalis Tx from Varian and BrainLAB features very high dose delivery rates, which contributes to shorter treatment times. It also offers dynamic fine beam shaping using the HD-120 high definition multi-leaf collimator (MLC) and non-invasive, precise patient positioning. The integrated On-Board Imager® device pinpoints the target and enables positioning of the patient with millimeter precision.

"This is a bold and impressive project and we are delighted that IPO Porto has selected Varian equipment and software to equip it," says Michael Sandhu, head of Varian's Oncology Systems business in Europe. "When clinical treatments start, this equipment will make a huge difference to cancer patients in the region, not only in additional treatment machines but also in the use of more efficient procedures."

IPO Porto is a public health institution of international renown in the treatment, research and teaching of cancer, often treating the most complex cancer cases in the north of the country. In 2008, almost 3,000 new cancer patients were treated at the institute.

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, radio
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