Varian unveils Unique radiotherapy system
Varian Medical Systems introduced its Unique low-energy radiotherapy system with image-guidance and RapidArc treatment capabilities at the 2009 European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO) conference, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, in Maastricht, Netherlands.

The Unique radiotherapy system is a work in progress in the United States, Canada and Japan, the company said.

“We have added high-tech image-guidance and arc therapy tools to a low-energy platform together with our treatment planning and information management software so that technology for...cancer treatments can be made available to treatment centers at a cost under $2 million,” said Dow Wilson, president of Varian’s oncology systems business.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Varian said its Unique platform is a low-energy medical linear accelerator that is equipped for treating cancers of the head and neck, breast, cervix and prostate. The company said it also will offer a Unique Power Edition without RapidArc technology or image-guidance software, for centers that prefer to begin with a more basic, yet upgradeable, platform.