PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced Grupo Oncoclínicas, the largest private cancer center network in Latin America, acquired thirteen medical linear accelerators, five TrueBeam™ and eight VitalBeam™, as part of a multi-phase program to expand the radiotherapy capabilities in its centers across Brazil. To support advanced treatment capabilities, Grupo Oncoclínicas has also ordered Varian's software including the Eclipse™ treatment planning system, InSightive™ analytics solution, RapidPlan™ knowledge-based treatment planning software, Velocity™ multi-modality imaging software, and ARIA® oncology information system. Varian will be installing the equipment and software at several clinics over the next three years.
The Varian TrueBeam and VitalBeam medical linear accelerators are built from the same platform and are designed to enable high-quality rapid and precise image-guided treatment. Grupo Oncoclínicas will have the first cancer centers in Latin America equipped with the VitalBeam systems.
"Grupo Oncoclínicas and Varian share a commitment to increasing patient access to the most advanced cancer treatments," said Hélio Salmon, radiotherapy director of Grupo Oncoclínicas. "By utilizing the TrueBeam and VitalBeam systems and Varian software as part of our radiotherapy expansion project, together we are giving patients across Brazil powerful new tools in the fight against cancer. This partnership also allows us to collaborate on the development of clinical protocols for advanced radiotherapy techniques such as hypofractionation."
"We are proud Grupo Oncoclínicas has selected Varian as its radiotherapy partner in the expansion of its cancer treatment centers in Brazil," said Chris Toth, president Oncology Systems Americas at Varian. "We are committed to working closely with them on the installation of this advanced equipment and increasing access to cancer care in Brazil."
Eclipse software creates an optimized radiotherapy treatment plan based on a physician's dose instructions, and information about the size, shape and location of the tumor to be treated. The software incorporates unique features such as RapidPlan knowledge-based planning, which makes it easier and faster to plan sophisticated cancer treatments like intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and RapidArc radiotherapy.
InSightive analytics software allows users to easily explore their clinical and operational data to uncover trends that may lead to improved outcomes. ARIA is a comprehensive electronic medical record and image management system that aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative and financial operations for medical, radiation and surgical oncology.
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 radiation. The company provides comprehensive solutions for 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, cables and connectors as well as image processing software and workstations for use in medical and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 7,700 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
About Grupo Oncoclínicas
Grupo Oncoclínicas is the largest group of oncological clinics in Latin America, specialized in oncology, radiotherapy, and hematology, founded in 2010 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The company has over 35 units, among clinics and hospital partnerships. Grupo Oncoclínicas is a company that takes care of lives, whose priority is to provide patients with the most advanced treatments and the highest level of comfort, safety and convenience. More than 350 physicians compose the medical staff of the Group who answer for 15,000 cancer treatment cycles per month. 1,200 people are employed at Grupo Oncoclínicas who are located at clinics in nine states of Brazil. The group is attuned to innovation and the most updated medical-scientific knowledge. The company is the first partner of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Brazil. For more information, visit www.grupooncoclinicas.com.
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