News | December 28, 2011

New Zealand Hospital Displays Success of Varian TrueBeam System

December 28, 2011 — Clinicians at one of New Zealand's leading hospitals have delivered more than 300 radiotherapy treatments using a newly installed TrueBeam device, from Varian Medical Systems, in the first month of its implementation. The system 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 with the 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 device at Wellington replaces a 14-year-old treatment machine and enables the hospital to expand its range of radiotherapy treatments; this includes intensity modulated radiotherapy, image-guided radiotherapy, RapidArc volumetric radiotherapy and, in the future, stereotactic radiotherapy.

The TrueBeam platform is a fully integrated radiotherapy system for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery, designed to treat a moving target with speed and precision. It can be used to improve the treatment of lung, breast, prostate, head and neck cancer, among other types. It features a High Intensity Mode—one of six dose levels available to doctors—for customizing dose delivery based on a patient's specific tumor characteristics.

"In addition to improving workflow at the hospital, TrueBeam will enable us to introduce stereotactic body radiotherapy treatments for selected patients in 2012," says Lynne Greig, chief medical physicist. "It clearly positions us for the future while integrating easily with our existing suite of equipment."

Wellington Hospital treats 1,300 patients each year, providing external beam and high dose rate brachytherapy radiation treatments using Varian equipment and software. It is one of just eight radiotherapy departments in the country.

For more information: www.varian.com

 

Related Content

SpaceOAR Hydrogel Now Available in Japan
News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 16, 2018
Augmenix K.K. announced that SpaceOAR hydrogel, a soft, implanted absorbable gel spacer is now available to all...
RaySearch Releases New Version of RayCare OIS
Technology | Oncology Information Management Systems (OIMS) | July 13, 2018
RaySearch has released RayCare 2A, the latest version of its flagship oncology information system (OIS). RayCare is...
Lack of Insurance Coverage Delaying Proton Therapy Clinical Trials
News | Proton Therapy | July 12, 2018
Randomized clinical trials are the gold standard of cancer research and can shed light on whether innovative, new...
Bruce Power Joins Forces With ITM to Supply Lutetium-177 for Cancer Therapy
News | Radiation Therapy | July 11, 2018
Canadian nuclear power company Bruce Power and German-based Isotope Technologies Garching (ITG) signed an agreement to...
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Now Clinical With RayStation and Hyperscan
News | Treatment Planning | July 05, 2018
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., has begun patient treatments using the RayStation treatment...
Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC)

Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC).

Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2018
Established in 2009, Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) is the largest center of its kind in the north of England....
Researcher Investigates Eliminating Radiation for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
News | Radiation Therapy | July 02, 2018
Researchers at The University of Kansas Cancer Center have launched a clinical trial that eliminates radiation from the...
New Prostate Cancer Radiotherapy Technique Aims to Preserve Sexual Function
News | Radiation Therapy | June 18, 2018
A multicenter clinical trial being led by UT Southwestern physicians is testing a technique for sparing nerve bundles...
Elekta Unity High-Field MR-Linac Receives CE Mark
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 18, 2018
Elekta announced that its Elekta Unity magnetic resonance radiation therapy (MR/RT) system has received CE mark,...
Washington University in St. Louis Begins Clinical Treatments With ViewRay MRIdian Linac
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | June 14, 2018
June 14, 2018 — The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in S
Overlay Init