News | September 27, 2007

IGRT School’s In for UK Radiotherapy Practitioners

September 28, 2007 — Varian Medical Systems and Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology (CCO), one of Europe's leading oncology centers, are jointly hosting Europe's first IGRT (image guided radiotherapy) training school, enabling hospitals across Europe to be trained in the latest and most precise radiotherapy technologies available.
CCO, located near Liverpool, is the venue for the first of these events. Attendees at the first school include clinicians, physicists and radiographers from hospitals in Italy, Russia, Norway, Spain and Scotland, who are interested to learn the latest high precision image-guided radiotherapy techniques for themselves.
Clatterbridge was the first oncology center in the UK to install Varian's On-Board Imager accessory, an imaging device for tracking tumor movements and fine-tuning patient positioning immediately prior to treatment.
The schools will be run four times a year and will be offered to all hospitals purchasing Varian's On-Board kV imaging system. The next session takes place on December 6th-8th and 2008 events at Clatterbridge have been scheduled for dates in February, June, October and December.
Varian's On-Board Imager for IGRT makes it possible for clinicians to image and treat patients on a single machine that rotates around the patient to take X-ray images and reportedly deliver treatments from virtually any angle. Mounted on the linear accelerator, the On-Board Imager device produces high-resolution images of the tumor and tracks changes in tumor shape, size or position due to shrinkage or shifting over a multi-week course of treatment, and due to respiration.
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