News | January 21, 2013

Varian Receives Regulatory Clearance in India for Use of High Intensity Mode on TrueBeam Medical Linear Accelerators

January 21, 2013 — Varian Medical Systems received regulatory clearance from the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board for the use of its TrueBeam high-intensity mode for advanced radiosurgical treatments.

Dr. Vivek Bansal, director of radiation oncology at HCG Cancer Hospital in Ahmedabad — the first hospital in India to commence treating patients using the TrueBeam high-intensity mode — said, "We have used this modality for prostate, head and neck, and lung cancer patients, enabling quicker dose delivery and therefore shorter treatments. Higher dose rates appear to offer considerable benefits in organ motion management — for example, larger dose fractions have been delivered in a single breath-hold at our center."

"We feel high-intensity modes may become necessary for most stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery treatments in the future," said Bansal. "Our experience is showing that high-intensity mode treatments offer particular advantages when treating the smaller field sizes normally seen in such treatments."

Varian's TrueBeam was designed to treat tumors with unprecedented speed and accuracy. It features a multitude of technical innovations that dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery. With its high-intensity mode, TrueBeam machines can deliver very high doses quickly and precisely, more than twice as fast as earlier generations of technology. The TrueBeam STx is a high-end model optimized for radiosurgical applications, where very large doses are delivered in a single treatment or only a few sessions.

"The high dose rates that only Varian can offer on its medical linear accelerators are vital for the sort of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy treatments that are used increasingly for primary liver, liver metastasis and lung cancer treatments," said Rolf Staehelin, international head of marketing operations for Varian's Oncology Systems group. "Regulatory approval means cancer patients in India can now benefit from such advanced treatments."

"With the largest installed base of linear accelerators in India and market-leading position in new systems, Varian continues to equip the country's cancer hospitals with technologies that make advanced radiotherapy techniques fast and easy to deliver," added Ashok Kakkar, managing director of Varian India. "We have also established a dedicated education center in Mumbai because helping to train the nation's radiotherapists and physicists in the safe and effective use of Varian's products is crucial for the future care of India's growing cancer population."

For more information: www.varian.com

Related Content

Elekta and Brainlab Offer Streamlined Workflow for Stereotactic Radiotherapy
News | Radiation Therapy | October 16, 2017
Elekta and Brainlab have reconfirmed their alliance for the integrated use of the Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator...
National Breast Center Founder Names Top Three Innovations in Breast Cancer Treatment
News | Women's Health | October 11, 2017
In 2017, invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in about 252,710 women and 2,470 men in the U.S. and remains the...
CyberKnife System Provides Excellent Long-Term Control of Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 10, 2017
Accuray Inc. announced that data from a prospective study of 230 men with low-risk prostate cancer showed 98.4 percent...
News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | October 10, 2017
Elekta announced that members of the Elekta MR-linac Consortium reported data related to the advancement of the company...
Sponsored Content | Videos | Radiation Therapy | October 09, 2017
Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Scientific Committee, explains ho
Sponsored Content | Videos | Radiation Therapy | October 09, 2017
David Beyer, M.D., chairman of the board for the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), discusses the key th
News | Brachytherapy Systems | October 05, 2017
External researchers presented new clinical data supporting the use of iCAD’s Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx...
MedLever Showcases Radiation Oncology Applications at ASTRO 2017
News | Radiation Therapy | October 05, 2017
MedLever demonstrated its flagship platform and applications that simplify clinical workflow, enable interoperability,...
Majority of Recurrent Prostate Cancer Patients' Treatment Plan Changed Following Fluciclovine 18F PET/CT
News | Prostate Cancer | October 04, 2017
Blue Earth Diagnostics recently announced the results of a pre-planned interim analysis from an investigational...
International Trial Confirms Safety, Effectiveness of High-Dose Brachytherapy Plus Pelvic Radiation for Cervical Cancer
News | Brachytherapy Systems, Women's Healthcare | October 04, 2017
Findings from a new multicenter, international clinical trial confirm the effectiveness of high-dose brachytherapy or...
Overlay Init