Swedish hospital selects Varian linear accelerators

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Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, will offer cancer patients radiotherapy treatments using three RapidArc systems from Varian Medical Systems.

The hospital ordered four replacement Clinac linear accelerators, along with the three RapidArc systems, to consolidate the city’s radiotherapy software and hardware into an integrated network, Varian said.

The orders for three Clinac iX accelerators with On-Board Imager accessories and a low energy Clinac 6EX device, along with attendant software and additional On-Board Imager retrofits as well as the three RapidArc systems, were placed at the end of December and the first two of the machines have been installed. The intention is for each Varian linear accelerator at Karolinska to have On-Board Imager devices to allow image-guided radiotherapy, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Varian said.

The company said its RapidArc delivers a complete volumetric treatment in a single arc of the treatment machine around the patient and makes it possible to deliver image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) faster than with conventional IMRT or helical tomotherapy.