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  • Dr. Catherine Khamphan and Dr. Robin Garcia, medical physicists at the Institut Sainte Catherine
Dec 06, 2019
In 2013, Varian introduced RapidPlan™ knowledge-based treatment planning software based on machine learning (ML) algorithms. RapidPlan helps clinicians reduce treatment planning time and improve plan consistency for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Here, we talk with clinicians in three countries, to learn how the software has lived up to its promise and about the journey along the way. Read more
Oct 18, 2019
Making safe, effective, and ultimately personalized radiotherapy simpler and easier to plan and deliver is essential to addressing "access to care" issues. Varian is working with partners around the wold to discover and develop the smartest ideas in cancer care because we are committed to bringing intelligence to the point of care, all along the journey from diagnosis to survivorship. Read more
  • Screens from the Noona® app for patient engagement
Oct 17, 2019
When Varian acquired Helsinki-based Noona a year ago, it added a powerful tool for collecting patient reported outcomes (PROs) to its software portfolio. In this article, co-founder Jani Ahonala explains the origins of the Noona® software application, and why patient engagement is so important in the fight against cancer. Read more
  • Samuel Peters, medical physicist at Kantonsspital St. Gallen
Oct 04, 2019
In May of this year, Varian completed the global release of ARIA eDoc, a PDF software printer application for the ARIA® oncology information system for radiation oncology, designed to help ease the transition to paperless systems and simplify document workflow. With just one click, ARIA eDoc converts documents into PDF files, and automatically inserts them into the correct patient’s chart. This article highlights how clinicians at at Kantonsspital St. Gallen, in Switzerland, use ARIA eDoc to streamline their paperless processes. Read more
  • Varian's Calypso system for tracking tumor motion
Sep 05, 2019
Historically there has been one practical option for dealing with interfraction and intrafraction motion during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT): Increase the clinical target volume. Doing so, however, can also expose healthy organs and tissue to radiation. But with FDA clearances for Calypso® Beacon® transponders for soft tissue and lung, clinicians today have a highly precise and effective way to monitor and adapt to tumor movement. This article profiles three cancer programs that have used Calypso for SBRT. Read more
  • Bravos™ high-dose-rate brachytherapy afterloader
Aug 20, 2019
Varian introduced the Bravos afterloader system at ASTRO in 2018, in response to a growing need for an easy-to-use, efficient system. In this article, the clinical team at the UK-based Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) shares its experiences as the first site to use the new Bravos system. Read more

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