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Wellington Hospital, New Zealand Becomes First in Southern Hemisphere to Offer Patients Fast and Precise TrueBeam Treatments
Date:12/14/2011

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --Clinicians at one of New Zealand's leading hospitals have delivered more than 300 radiotherapy treatments using a newly-installed TrueBeam™ device in the first month of its implementation. The TrueBeam system from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) adds to Wellington Hospital's radiotherapy capabilities and enables fast, precise and efficient treatments.

The first patient in the country – and the southern hemisphere -- to be treated using the TrueBeam device was an 18-year-old man with Hodgkin's disease. "He commented on the speed with which the treatment was delivered and was enthusiastic to be our first patient treated on TrueBeam," says Jennifer de Ridder, radiation therapist team leader at Wellington Hospital. "Many of our patients have commented on the speed of their treatments, which is a significant factor for those who are immobilized during treatment."

To manage treatment waiting times in New Zealand, the government recently introduced a target that all patients should commence radiotherapy within four weeks of a decision to treat. "We usually meet this target but need to be more efficient to continue meeting it in future," says Carole Johnson, clinical leader of radiation oncology. "So more advanced treatment techniques must be incorporated without making treatment slots longer and without impacting our ability to meet this waiting time target. TrueBeam helps us to achieve this."

The TrueBeam device at Wellington replaces a 14-year-old treatment machine and enables the hospital to expand its range of radiotherapy treatments, which includes intensity modulated radiotherapy, image-guided radiotherapy, RapidArc® volumetric radiotherapy and, in the future, stereotactic radiotherapy.

Designed to improve the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other types of ca
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