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Danish cancer centres select five advanced linear accelerators

Varian : 23 August, 2007  (New Product)
Two leading Danish cancer centres have selected five Varian Medical Systems’ medical linear accelerators to replace ageing equipment and offer patients more advanced radiotherapy treatments.
The move is part of a national programme to reduce waiting times for patients.
With the Danish government ruling that the period from diagnosis to treatment should not exceed four weeks, Denmark is currently making a large investment in its Radiotherapy infrastructure. If the four week deadline is not met by hospitals, patients are free to seek treatment outside the country.

Three Clinac linear accelerators will be supplied to Aalborg University Hospital in the northern region of Denmark, while Aarhus University Hospital, in Jutland, has ordered two Clinac iX machines with On-Board Imager devices for advanced image-guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) just a few months after ordering Denmark's first Trilogy all-in-one linear accelerator. The orders for the five Clinac accelerators were placed in June.

At Aalborg University Hospital, two of the new machines will replace aging equipment and the third will add new capacity, leaving the center with five treatment machines in total.

'We see great advantage in having five identical and fully compatible linear accelerators in our department,' said Dr Jesper Carl, chief physicist at Aalborg University Hospital. 'We know that Varian machines are very stable and they are well integrated with our planning and information management systems.' He said the new equipment would enable the hospital to expand its robust IGRT and IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) programmes.

Lars Praestegaard, technical manager in Aarhus University Hospital's department of medical physics, said the new accelerators would also enable clinicians to expand their IGRT programme, which helps to improve the precision of treatments by tracking and adjusting for tumour motion. Their IGRT programme is currently active for a number of cancer treatments, primarily for prostate and head/neck tumors.

'We utilise the On-Board Imager system for online guidance using implanted gold seeds for all treatments of prostate cancer,' he said. 'We also use cone-beam CT to verify tumor shrinkage for adaptive Radiotherapy for head/neck patients, as well as CBCT-guided cranial stereotactic radiotherapy.'

The Trilogy accelerator, due to be installed in September, will be used equally for research and clinical treatments such as cranial stereotactic Radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic body Radiotherapy (SBRT) and image-guided adaptive Radiotherapy (IGART).

'We are delighted that these two university hospitals have selected Varian equipment for treating cancer patients in their respective regions,' says Sten Hornsleth, Varian's Scandinavian regional manager.

'Coupled with Varian's selection for significant projects in Copenhagen (Rigshospitalet and Herlev) and Hospital South (Naestved) earlier this year, these decisions reiterate the Danish oncology community's belief in Varian machines as the optimum way to deliver precise, fast and advanced Radiotherapy treatments.'
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