MIAMI BEACH, Fla., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) will showcase RapidArc® Radiosurgery on the TrueBeam™ STx system—a highly precise and noninvasive way of excising tumors using carefully shaped high-energy X-ray beams—at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in Miami Beach later this week. Clinicians who are gaining early experience in the clinical use of RapidArc® Radiosurgery are finding that this approach can be performed quickly and accurately in the treatment of tumors of the brain, spine, thorax, and gastrointestinal tract.
The TrueBeam STx system was engineered from the ground up for efficient, precise radiosurgery. Operating in High Intensity Mode, it can deliver treatments two to eight times faster than other radiosurgery systems. "Intelligent" automation further speeds treatments with an up to five-fold reduction in the number of steps needed for imaging, positioning and treating patients, compared with earlier generations of technology. A high-definition multileaf collimator, or beam-shaping device, shapes the dose so that it closely matches the shape of the targeted tumor, in order to precisely carry out delicate radiosurgical procedures near critical structures like the optic chiasm, brain stem, or spinal cord.
On a TrueBeam system, sophisticated RapidArc radiosurgery procedures for spinal and brain lesions can be carried out within a standard 15-minute radiotherapy time slots, according to a recent paper by a team of radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). These are treatments that can take 45 minutes to an hour or longer using cobalt-based or robotic technology systems. "We're excited about presenting this information—and Varian's technology—to neurosurgeons from across the globe," said Calvin Huntzinger, senior director of surgical sciences at Varian.
"Linear accelerator radiosurgery has come a long way, matching and even surpassing what was possible with earlier generations of radiosurgery technology," said Antonio De Salles, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery at UCLA, who will be among the speakers at an AANS seminar on stereotactic radiosurgery using advanced technologies like Varian's TrueBeam STx platform. "It has been exciting to see these capabilities evolve along with the technology, and become applicable for treating lesions not only inside the cranium, but in the rest of the body as well."
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 RapidArc Radiosurgery bibliography, compiled by Varian Medical Systems in February, 2012, covering the use of RapidArc radiosurgery in the treatment of brain, spine, thoracic and gastrointestinal indications.
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