Varian Medical Systems Expects To Report Strong Net Orders, Sales, | Varian

Varian Medical Systems Expects To Report Strong Net Orders, Sales,

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Oct. 20, 2003 - VarianMedical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR) announced today that it expects earnings per
diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 to be up by 26 to 27
percent over the $0.48 per diluted share reported in the fourth quarter of
fiscal 2002.  Sales for the fourth quarter are expected to grow by about
16 percent over the corresponding period in fiscal 2002.

Fourth-quarter net orders for the company will be about 10 percent higher than
the year-ago quarter.  Management expects to report increases of about 13
percent in Oncology Systems net orders for the fourth quarter.  This
business segment expects particularly strong gains in North America, which
should constitute 62 percent of its total orders for the quarter.  The
quarter-ending backlog for the company is expected to be up by about 16
percent over totals for the same time last fiscal year.

In the interest of fair disclosure, this announcement is being made prior to
Varian Medical Systems’ investor meeting at the 2003 exhibition of the
American Society of Therapeutic Radiologists and Oncologists (ASTRO) in Salt
Lake City on Tuesday, October 21, when management will focus on new
technologies.  The ASTRO investor meeting will include a review of
Varian's new products, a tour of a local clinic where cancer patients receive
advanced treatments including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT),
and a visit to the company's X-Ray Products manufacturing plant in Salt Lake
City.  Varian's financial performance will not be a topic of discussion
at this meeting.

Varian Medical Systems' management will comment in more detail about fourth
quarter and fiscal year 2003 results, as well as its outlook for fiscal 2004,
after the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, October
28 on the company's scheduled conference call. The conference call is
scheduled for 2 p.m. PT and can be accessed via the web at
http://investor.varian.com or via telephone at 1-800-901-5231 (inside the
U.S.) or 1-617-786-2961 (outside the U.S.) with confirmation code 13873208.