Varian wins RapidArc install in N.Y.

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Clinicians from the image-guided radiation therapy program at Community Care Physicians in Latham N.Y., have commenced treating cancer patients using RapidArc radiotherapy technology from Varian Medical Systems.

RapidArc treatments spare healthy tissue and other vital organs in the body by adapting to the shape and size of a patient's tumor. These treatments can be completed more quickly than conventional intensity-modulated radiation therapy because they are delivered with a single continuous rotation of the radiotherapy machine around the patient rather than treating the tumor from fixed positions, according to the Palo Alto, Calif.-based Varian.