Technology | July 29, 2009

Varian Shows RT, Brachytherapy, Proton Therapy Solutions

Photo by Jason Bardi, Manager, Member Society Media Services, American Institute of Physics.

July 29, 2009 - Varian Medical Systems is exhibiting the RapidArc linear accelerator and BrachyVision Acuros, among other technologies, at the AAPM 51st Annual Meeting, July 26-30, 2009, in Ahaheim, Calif.

Varian Medical Systems highlighted its recently FDA 510(k) cleared brachytherapy treatment planning system, BrachyVision Acuros. The solution is designed to enable superior dose calculation at unmatched speed. The system enables clinicians to rapidly calculate patient dose with an extremely high level of accuracy. BrachyVision Acuros calculation times tend to average between three and eight minutes depending on the applicator used compared to hours or days using the standard Monte Carlo method, reported to Hosea Mitchell, head of Varian's brachytherapy business unit. Varian is working exclusively with Transpire Inc., developers of Acuros, to bring this calculation method to the radiation oncology field.

Product experts will be on hand in booth 441 to demonstrate the latest features of the ARIA oncology information system, Eclipse treatment planning, PortalVision electronic portal imaging, and Argus QA software. A portion of the Varian exhibit will be given over to some “innovations in progress.”

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