News | September 24, 2006

Varian Brings IGRT to Belgian Hospital

Varian Medical Systems has made image-guided radiotherapy treatments (IGRT) available to cancer patients at university hospital Leuven in Belgium using the company’s equipment.
Clinicians at the hospital are using a Clinac medical linear accelerator equipped with an On-Board Imager device to capture images of the tumor at the time of treatment. The system takes radiographic, fluoroscopic and 3-D conebeam CT images. The hospital is also using Varian’s Acuity imager for treatment planing and verification, especially for rectal cancer patients who lie on a “belly board” and cannot have CT scans.
"We were very impressed with the conebeam CT image and online matching with the original CT image worked perfectly," said Dr. Karin Haustermans, professor in Radiation Oncology. "As the patient is male we were also able to check the prostate, which was very visible despite the lack of markers."

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