SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ASTRO Booth #807 -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) will showcase technologies developed to support knowledge sharing among oncology professionals at the meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) here next week. The Varian exhibit will highlight software and services that enable information sharing and data analytics to support more efficient, higher-quality cancer care.
"We will unveil some new, interconnected software products aimed at improving efficiency, quality, and consistency of care in cancer clinics around the world," said Kolleen Kennedy, president of Varian's Oncology Systems business. "We're particularly excited to be offering a first glimpse of our new cloud community, where users of Varian technology can share information and experience."
Varian will highlight:
- The TrueBeam™ and Edge™ platforms for image-guided radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Early adopters of the Edge system report that they are using it to deliver treatments for cancer of the lung, liver, brain, and spine, which require careful, precise targeting that compensates for motion during treatment.
- InSightive™ Analytics, a new interactive dashboard that organizes and presents information in a simple display for easy decision making. This tool will enable oncology professionals to more effectively capitalize on their data in Varian's ARIA® oncology information system.*
- Qumulate™ QA, a cloud-based quality assurance data management and analysis tool for analyzing and benchmarking linear accelerator quality assurance (QA) performance.*
- Velocity™ oncology software for compiling patient images and treatment data from a variety of sources to support more informed decision making.
- RapidPlan™ knowledge-based treatment planning, a software tool that uses historical treatment plan data to increase plan quality and streamline the treatment planning process.
"For Varian, helping customers aggregate data, pool knowledge, and learn from each other has become an imperative, as more and more treatment centers seek effective ways of implementing precise, non-invasive treatments like image-guided radiosurgery," says Chris Toth, vice president of global marketing for Varian's Oncology Systems business. "Our goal, with many of our new products and services, is to help our customers turn data into usable information on how to treat patients, and then to collaborate in making that knowledge actionable in a meaningful way."
*Works-in-progress; not yet available for sale.
Important Safety Information
Radiation treatments may cause side effects that can vary depending on the part of the body being treated. The most frequent ones are typically temporary and may include, but are not limited to, irritation to the respiratory, digestive, urinary or reproductive systems, fatigue, nausea, skin irritation, and hair loss. In some patients, they can be severe. Treatment sessions may vary in complexity and time. Radiation treatment is not appropriate for all cancers.
Varian's devices have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating lesions, tumors, and conditions anywhere in the body when radiation treatment is indicated.
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,700 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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