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Centerline Magazine

Varian Medical System's magazine for the clinical oncology community

Welcome to Centerline, Varian Medical Systems' magazine for the clinical oncology community. Each issue of the Centerline contains articles and stories about recent developments and technology implementations at cancer centres around the world. We hope you enjoy this magazine.

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Centerline Magazine, August 2017

This issue introduces Halcyon™, profiles centres using RapidPlan™, and showcases HyperArc™ and 360 Oncology™. Other articles describe how centres are using the Calypso® system to improve treatment accuracy, the data security features in ARIA 15.1, and how Varian consultants help clinics get the most out of their Varian system.

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Introduces RapidArc™ radiotherapy technology, which will enable clinicians to deliver highly conformal IMRT treatments two to eight times faster than was previously possible. Other features cover Stanford clinicians' use of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) to treat challenging cases; how two comprehensive cancer centres operate paperlessly using the ARIA™ oncology-information system; and Varian's new programme for cutting the amount of time it takes for new installations and upgrades to IGRT.

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Includes articles about the myriad ways clinicians around the world are using Varian's Trilogy® accelerator to deliver IGRT and IGRS treatments; the stereotactic-radiosurgery programme at the University of California, San Diego, U.S.; adaptive radiotherapy for lung cancer at the Edward Cancer Center in Naperville, Illinois, U.S.; and a marketing case study: how the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center introduced a new Trilogy machine to the Baltimore community (U.S.).

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Includes articles about early deployments of the new ARIA(tm) oncology-information system; how and why some treatment centres are choosing to convert to a Varian oncology-information system to run their treatment programmes; Varian's training programmes for helping customers use the latest techniques and technologies; challenging cases that were treated at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center using Varian technology for image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) (U.S.); and cone-beam CT imaging in the radiation-oncology clinical setting.

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Read about: Why radiation oncology departments have converted to Eclipse™ treatment planning; how oncology-specific electronic medical records (EMR) systems are making a difference in the quality of care; streamlining workflow at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Alberta, Canada; how neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists are collaborating to deliver Trilogy™ radiosurgery treatments at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, U.S.; and more.

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Introduces "Dynamic Adaptive Radiotherapy" (DART™), and Varian's new ARIA™ Oncology Information System for managing clinical, financial and administrative processes. Other features cover translational research at the University of Maryland (U.S.), the use of cone-beam CT imaging to visualise soft-tissue structures, advances in stereotactic radiotherapy, approaches to partial-breast irradation and how one UK treatment center is using HDR brachytherapy to treat gynecological cancer.

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Includes an article introducing Dow Wilson, newly-appointed president of Varian's Oncology Systems business, as well as features about 4D scanning and treatment-delivery methods at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (U.S.); gated breast-cancer treatments at the Rigshospital in Denmark; the inner workings of Varian's award-winning support organisation; how Varian's latest VARiS Vision™ Oncology-Information System streamlines clinical processes; and the implementation, at three cancer centres, of the VARiS MedOncology™ practice-management programme.

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Includes articles about Varian's On-Board Imager™ system at Emory University in Atlanta, U.S., and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden; how the Henry Ford Health System built a long-term technology strategy and upgraded to IGRT; the history and accomplishments of Varian's facility in Crawley, England, UK; how a UK site uses VARiS® MedOncology in a paperless prescribing environment; the implementation of VARiS MedOncology at a facility in Fresno, California, U.S.; and how doctors at a Southern Ocean County Hospital in Manahawkin, New Jersey, U.S., are delivering extracranial radiosurgery using Varian technology.

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