Varian Equips Spanish Hospital with Advanced Image-Guided Radiotherapy Equipment | Varian

Varian Equips Spanish Hospital with Advanced Image-Guided Radiotherapy Equipment

Pamplona, Spain, February 11th 2008 – Cancer patients in northern Spain now have access to advanced image-guided radiotherapy treatments with the opening of a new radiotherapy centre in Pamplona. Hospital General de Navarra, which has just begun treatments, is equipped with state-of-the-art treatment machines and software from Varian Medical Systems, the world leader in radiotherapy.

The hospital, which serves a population of 600,000 in the Pamplona region, is one of the first in the country to install a powerful and versatile Trilogy® linear accelerator. A fully-accessorized Trilogy device, equipped with Varian’s On-Board Imager® for fast and effective image-guidance, is capable of offering all standard radiation therapies as well as the most advanced treatments such as intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and whole-body stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), which are all aimed at increasing precision and improving patient outcomes.

Dr. Anastasio Rubio Arróniz, chief of radiotherapy physics, “This new department means are able to deliver the latest radiotherapy treatments to all our patients using the latest techniques. We were not able to offer IGRT treatments before this.” Prior to the arrival of the three modern linear accelerators, the hospital was equipped with two ageing machines that were unable to deliver advanced treatments.

Dr Arróniz said that his team at the hospital, which is a public hospital treating more than 1200 cancer patients each year, had started delivering treatments using image-guidance while stereotactic radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments would also commence in the near future.

As well as the Trilogy accelerator, Varian has supplied two advanced Clinac® 21EX accelerators and a full suite of ARIA™ information management software and Eclipse™ treatment planning software. Doctors at the hospital are also able to plan and simulate treatments using a Varian Acuity™ device with cone-beam CT. “We selected Varian equipment and software because we consider it to be the world’s leading company in the field of external-beam radiotherapy,” added Dr. Arróniz.

Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068

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Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, 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 a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,400 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 60 sales and support offices around the world. In Europe, the company operates manufacturing and engineering centres in Baden (Switzerland), Crawley (England), Haan (Germany), Helsinki (Finland) and Toulouse (France) and has headquarters for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEA) based in Zug, Switzerland. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com/.