BUDAPEST, Hungary, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Institute of Oncology in Budapest, the largest comprehensive cancer center in Hungary, is upgrading its treatment machines with advanced linear accelerators from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR), the world leader in radiotherapy equipment and software.
Two advanced VitalBeam™ systems will replace older Siemens machines at the center, while a low energy Varian Unique™ device will replace an older cobalt unit. The new systems, ordered last month, are due to be delivered and installed later this year.
"These modern systems will enable us to provide better quality treatments for our patients," says Dr. Csaba Polgar, NIO's head of radiotherapy. "We installed a Varian TrueBeam system three years ago and we will benefit from being able to integrate these new devices with our existing TrueBeam and switch patients between treatment machines when necessary." NIO has also ordered a full suite of ARIA® oncology information management software from Varian to replace its existing Siemens Lantis system.
VitalBeam is a cost-effective system for offering high-quality, high-throughput radiation therapy, which enables customers to expand clinical capabilities and serve more patients with advanced treatment technology over time. The Varian Unique system is the world's first low-energy radiotherapy system with image-guidance and RapidArc® treatment capabilities. Like Varian's other linear accelerators, it is making cancer care more affordable and more widely available to patients around the world.
More than 500 patients a day from across Hungary, Romania and Serbia are treated at the National Institute of Oncology. Throughout Hungary, linear accelerators are operational in two shifts between 7am and 9pm to address the needs of a growing cancer population. There are 13 radiotherapy centers in the country, with nearly 40 modern high energy treatment machines between them. The national goal is to reach 50 machines for the country's 10 million inhabitants. More than 60,000 new cancer patients are diagnosed each year in Hungary and this is expected to rise to 80,000 per year by 2030.
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