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The London Clinic becomes first UK hospital to offer Varian’s RapidArc treatments

Varian : 30 October, 2007  (New Product)
The London Clinic has become the first UK hospital to offer cancer patients advanced RapidArc treatments as part of a long-term collaboration with Varian Medical Systems.
The London Clinic, one of the UK's most established independent hospitals, will also be the first in the UK to acquire an advanced Trilogy all-in-one linear accelerator.

As part of a 70 million investment to mark its 75th anniversary, The London Clinic will introduce the Radiotherapy services to its patients for the first time when its new state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre is opened in 2009.

As well as the Trilogy accelerator, the hospital has also acquired a second treatment machine - a Varian Clinac iX linear accelerator - as well as a full suite of Eclipse treatment planning software.

Malcolm Miller, chief executive of The London Clinic, says: 'This latest investment further highlights The London Clinic's long-term commitment to improving cancer care. This new technology will be core to the service offering in our new dedicated cancer treatment centre and will ensure we can provide our cancer patients with the most advanced Radiotherapy treatments available.

'Following comprehensive clinical and technical evaluations, we are confident Varian Medical Systems is ideally suited to meet the needs of The London Clinic and our patients.'

'As the first hospital in the UK to introduce RapidArc treatments on Trilogy, we will be able to carry out highly conformal 4D image guided Radiotherapy that can be delivered far more quickly than with other IMRT systems,' adds Dr David Landau, Cancer Centre Steering Group, The London Clinic. 'The flexibility of Trilogy to deliver RapidArc, stereotactic Radiosurgery and dynamic IMRT will also provide the clinic with the ability to personalise Radiotherapy treatments for every patient.'

Varian's new RapidArc capability, introduced for the first time at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Los Angeles this week, enables highly conformal treatment fields to be delivered very quickly. It allows clinicians to achieve precisely-sculpted 3-D dose distribution with a single 360-degree rotation of the linear accelerator gantry. RapidArc treatments can be delivered far more quickly than existing IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) techniques, with beam times of just two to three minutes.

A fully-accessorised Trilogy accelerator, 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).

'We are delighted that The London Clinic has decided to enter a long-term agreement with Varian and we look forward to expanding access to the world's most advanced Radiotherapy treatments for the UK's cancer patients,' said David Scott, Varian's UK sales manager.
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