News | September 20, 2010

TrueBeam Treatment System Debuts in Europe

Varian's RapidArc was displayed at ESTRO.

September 20, 2010 — A new radiotherapy treatment device was displayed for the first time in Europe at the annual meeting of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO), held September 12-16, in Barcelona.

Varian Medical Systems had its new TrueBeam medical linear accelerator on display at its booth. TrueBeam uses a multitude of technical innovations to dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery.

Designed to be a best-in-class and versatile platform, TrueBeam can be used for all forms of advanced external-beam radiotherapy, including image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery (IGRT and IGRS), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) and RapidArc radiotherapy. The product line includes TrueBeam STx, specially configured for advanced radiosurgery.

With its high-intensity mode, TrueBeam can deliver doses at up to 2,400 MU/min., more than twice as fast as any other machine for either radiotherapy or radiosurgery. Planning of such rapid treatments is fully supported in the latest version of Varian's Eclipse treatment planning system.

Also on display was Varian's new Gated RapidArc capability, which enables the use of RapidArc technology in combination with respiratory gating – a process of turning the beam on and off in synchrony with the patient's breathing – during either radiotherapy or radiosurgery. This technology helps to improve the precision of treatment delivery by compensating for tumor motion. Gated RapidArc is available as an upgrade for Trilogy and Clinac iX accelerators.

The company's unique low-energy medical linear accelerator for image guided RapidArc IMRT treatments in international clinics was displayed, along with the latest version of the Aria oncology information management software.

Varian's Particle Therapy group introduced its fully-integrated ProBeam proton therapy system at the show as well. The ProBeam system incorporates imaging, gating, robotic patient positioning, treatment planning and oncology information software to enhance treatment quality for patients and workflow efficiency for clinicians.

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