July 13, 2011 – Varian's TrueBeam radiotherapy delivery system, a comprehensive re-design of linear accelerator technology, has won a top international design award. Launched last year, the sleek and fully integrated TrueBeam system has been selected for a prestigious Red Dot award for product design.
The Red Dot organization, based in Essen, Germany, awards prizes annually for product design, design agencies and design concepts. This year, designers and companies from 60 countries entered almost 4,500 products in the Red Dot award for product design and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Essen. More information about the awards and a list of winners can be found at www.red-dot.org.
"As always, our jury cast a very careful eye over the products submitted," said Professor Peter Zec, M.D., the initiator of the Red Dot design award. "Design quality has asserted itself clearly in the judging process, with genuine and new creative solutions also being rewarded. Both of these criteria are not just yardsticks for good design, but also for the potential for success on the market."
TrueBeam was developed to treat tumors in a fast and precise manner, including tumors that move during treatment as the patient breathes in and out. Designed to advance the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer, TrueBeam features a multitude of technical innovations that dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery. The system was engineered by Varian's development team, with industrial design executed in collaboration with the BMW Group DesignWorksUSA.
TrueBeam can quickly and precisely deliver a broad range of radiotherapy treatments, from stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy to image-guided intensity modulated and volumetric radiotherapy treatments. With its High Intensity Mode, TrueBeam can deliver very high doses quickly and accurately, more than twice as fast as earlier generations of technology. Since its launch in April 2010, Varian has taken orders for over 220 TrueBeam systems, while more than 65 installations are complete or in progress in all parts of the world.
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