August 2015 issue of Spot ON | Varian

August 2015 issue of Spot ON

 
News from Varian’s Particle Therapy Group         August 2015

Welcome to the fourth issue of “Spot ON,” Varian Medical Systems’ e-newsletter from Varian’s Particle Therapy division. As you may know, Varian offers the ProBeam® proton therapy system, which integrates scanning beam intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) with advanced technologies for image-guidance and patient positioning. This e-newsletter is intended to offer subscribers the latest news about Varian’s proton therapy offerings, including information about new technological developments and system deployments around the world. We welcome your comments and input, and hope that you find this quarterly e-newsletter of interest.

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Varian Selected to Equip New Proton Centers in the UK and the US

Simultaneous Installations Underway at Maryland Proton Treatment Center, Cincinnati Children's in Ohio and at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland

ProBeam® Compact Single-Room IMPT Solution Featured on the Varian Website

Varian Sponsors Tours of Scripps Proton Therapy Center Facility During PTCOG Meeting

Integrated Cone-Beam CT on the ProBeam® System Produces TrueBeam® Quality Images for Patient Set-Up and Verification

Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) Registry Grows as Proton Beam Therapy Techniques Advance

Varian Selected to Equip New Proton Centers in the UK and the US

 

Varian has also entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management LLC, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management, LLC, which was formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will equip and service the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018.

Simultaneous Installations Underway at Maryland Proton Treatment Center, Cincinnati Children's in Ohio and at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland

 

Two additional proton therapy projects reached the "ready for equipment" stage at largely the same time: the project at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and the one at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. “Ready for equipment means that the building is complete, we can ship all the equipment to the site and start the installation,” said Brendan Lyden, senior director of the Site Solutions Group for Varian Particle Therapy. “Once we reached that point, it took about a week to install the beam line components in Cincinnati. The first gantry is in, and most of the power supplies as well. The cyclotron arrived and took two days to install at the end of July. In Switzerland, we are installing one complete room to complement their existing center and are making progress at a similar pace.”

ProBeam® Compact Single-Room IMPT Solution Featured on the Varian Website

 

About the size of a tennis court, the ProBeam Compact configuration allows delivery of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) with state-of-the-art technology. Key features include Dynamic PeakTM scanning; Dynamic Peak imaging; Dynamic Peak workflow; a patient positioning system; superconducting cyclotron; beam transport system; and a 360 degree rotating gantry with CBCT imaging.

Varian Sponsors Tours of Scripps Proton Therapy Center Facility During PTCOG Meeting

 

Varian's PTCOG booth showcased the company's ProBeam Compact Single-Room IMPT Solution and hosted demo stations for viewing proton therapy treatment planning and workflow. Researchers contributed posters and presentations that centered on Varian ProBeam technology, including “In-Layer Synchronization for Fast Spot Scanning” (poster); “Accurate Estimation of Neutron Dose and Shielding Requirements for Proton Therapy” (oral presentation); “Clinical Evaluation of Varian ProBeam Rescanning Performance for Lung Tumor Treatments” (oral presentation); and “First Step Towards Variable Spot Sizes for IMPT” (poster).

Integrated Cone-Beam CT on the ProBeam® System Produces TrueBeam® Quality Images for Patient Set-Up and Verification

 

Preliminary results indicate that ProBeam CBCT provides a workflow experience similar to that of TrueBeam while producing TrueBeam quality images of soft tissue—thereby enabling its use for patient setup verification. Download the poster: “First Images from the ProBeam CBCT with Full Workflow Integration at Scripps Proton Therapy Center.”

Proton Collaborative Group (PCG) Registry Grows as Proton Beam Therapy Techniques Advance

 

Minesh Mehta, MD, associate director of clinical research in the University of Maryland Department of Radiation Oncology as well as medical director for the soon-to-be-completed Maryland Proton Therapy Center, co-authored “The Proton Collaborative Group's Research Portfolio,” a poster presented at the recent PTCOG meeting in San Diego, outlining key trends in the PCG registry trial.