News | October 29, 2006

Varian Trilogy Expands Taiwan Hospital’s Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists at a leading cancer hospital in Taiwan are utilizing Varian’s linear accelerator to carry out precise intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery treatments. Patients at the Tzu Chi Buddhist Hospital in Taipei are benefiting from radiotherapy treatments delivered using Varian Medical Systems' Trilogy accelerator.
Dr. Jing-Min Hwang, the hospital's director of radiation oncology, said he expects the Trilogy machine will enable him to expand his stereotactic radiosurgery program from brain treatments to treatments throughout the whole body.
Doctors at the center are currently treating up to 70 patients a day on the Trilogy device, which is the only linear accelerator at the facility. The "all-in-one" device began treating patients last year. In late June this year, specialists from throughout Taiwan visited Tzu Chi to see the machine in action.
The Trilogy is used for a variety of treatments as well as radiosurgery, including 3-D conformal radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), with treatment slots lasting 8-10 minutes for conventional treatments, 10-15 minutes for 3-D conformal radiotherapy and 12-18 minutes for IMRT.

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