Contracts for NovaRad, Varian

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NovaRad Corp. announces an expansion of PACS installations in orthopedic centers with the addition of three new NovaPACS contracts. The new facilities include: Georgia Bone and Joint, Cartersville, Ga.; Central Nebraska Orthopedics, Grand Island, Neb.; and Middletown Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultants, Middletown, Ohio.

Two oncology centers in Tasmania are installing Varian Medical System image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) equipment. Radiotherapy departments in the capital Hobart and Launceston, which serve the island’s 500,000 inhabitants, have both announced they have ordered new Varian Clinac iX linear accelerators equipped with On-Board Imager devices and plan to launch IGRT programs early next year.

Three new Clinac iX accelerators – the machines that deliver radiotherapy – were ordered in February for the two clinics as the Australian state, which comprises the island of Tasmania and surrounding smaller islands, seeks to upgrade its cancer treatment facilities to take advantage of recent advances in real-time radiographic, fluoroscopic and 3D conebeam CT imaging.

The Holman Clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital will be replacing a low-energy accelerator with a high-energy Varian Clinac iX machine equipped with an On-Board Imager. The center already has a modern Varian Clinac 23 EX accelerator with a 120 multileaf collimator. At the Holman Clinic at the Launceston General Hospital, in the north of the state, a bunker is currently being constructed to house a new Clinac iX accelerator and, when this machine is up and running early next year, one of the center’s existing treatment machines will be decommissioned and replaced with a second new Clinac iX.