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Aarhus University Hospital orders trio Varian's RapidArc systems

Varian : 22 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Aarhus University Hospital,one of Denmark's leading cancer centres, has placed an order for three new treatment machines and nine advanced RapidArc volumetric arc therapy systems from Varian Medical Systems.
The hospital plans to have RapidArc installed on all nine of its Clinaclinear accelerators later this year.

The order is the latest wave of a multi-year investment programme by Aarhus University Hospital to consolidate all Radiotherapy hardware and software in an integrated system. Two of the additional treatment machines will be installed at a new Radiotherapy centre being constructed alongside the general hospital in the town of Herning, which is sixty miles from Aarhus but will effectively be a part of the Aarhus campus.

Cai Grau, research professor at Aarhus University Hospital, said, 'We are very much looking forward to the efficiency gains that RapidArc will bring, which will mean we can treat more people with advanced techniques in less time. We have a roadmap for replacing all our older machines and introducing image-guided Radiotherapy throughout the department, and this order means we are on course to achieve this goal.'

RapidArc delivers a complete volumetric intensity-modulated radiation therapy treatment in a single arc of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver advanced image-guided intensity-modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) two to eight times faster than is possible with conventional IMRT. Treatment planning analyses show that RapidArc matches or exceeds the precision of conventional IMRT systems and spares more of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumour. Unrelated clinical studies on Radiotherapy correlate the ability to spare more healthy tissue with reduced complications and better outcomes.

According to professor Grau, clinicians at Aarhus will initially offer RapidArc treatments for prostate cancer patients before expanding the programme to encompass other IMRT indications such as bladder and head/neck tumours.

'Rationalisation of all Radiotherapy hardware and software through one supplier has taken a lot of effort on our part and it has involved our staff having to train on new systems, but we are really seeing the benefits compared with the mixed environment we had before,' he added. 'There are enormous advantages for workflow and our people benefit from having a central database supporting all our imaging. It just makes the whole imaging and treatment process more efficient and seamless.'

Sten Hornsleth, Varian's Scandinavian country manager, said, 'Aarhus is always at the forefront of Radiotherapy treatments and we are delighted that they are ensuring all their treatment machines can deliver advanced image-guided and volumetric arc therapy treatments. It demonstrates the hospital's commitment to offering its patients the most advanced and efficient Radiotherapy possible.'
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