PALO ALTO, Calif., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) installed a Varian ProBeam® cyclotron at the Georgia Proton Treatment Center, LLC in Atlanta. The cyclotron is a core piece of equipment of the ProBeam proton therapy system, and its installation is a key milestone for every new proton therapy center. Scheduled to begin treating patients in late 2018, the Georgia Proton Treatment Center will be operated by Emory Healthcare.
Once completed, the Georgia Proton Treatment Center will feature five treatment rooms. Emory Healthcare faculty and staff will provide physician services, medical direction, and other administrative services to the center.
As announced in Varian's earnings call earlier today, the company booked and reported the order for the equipment in the third quarter of its fiscal year 2017. Varian is also working on proton therapy system installations at eighteen other sites around the world.
Varian's ProBeam system is the first to offer fully-integrated intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) to enable more efficient adaptive proton therapy. Varian's pencil-beam scanning technology gives clinicians the ability to deliver the dose precisely within the contours of the tumor to minimize dose to healthy tissue. When combined with cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), the ProBeam system enables advanced adaptive therapy during the course of treatment helping to make it a more precise form of proton therapy.
"Achieving this milestone with the Georgia Proton Treatment Center is an example of the growing adoption of proton therapy as an advanced cancer treatment option," said Moataz Karmalawy, PhD, general manager of Varian's Particle Therapy division. "We are very proud to be working with leading academic and medical centers, like Emory, to help broaden the availability of this technology."
"We are very pleased to have taken an important step in the completion of this treatment center with the installation of the cyclotron," says Ashley Preisinger, president of Georgia Proton Treatment Center, LLC. "We are looking forward to the opening of the first proton therapy facility in the State of Georgia, and establishing best practices for the use of proton therapy to treat cancer."
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Varian Medical Systems focuses energy on saving lives and is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating and managing cancer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Varian employs approximately 6,600 people around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com and follow @VarianMedSys on Twitter.
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