Varian's On-Board Imager being used to treat cancer New Zealand cancer patients

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Christchurch Hospital located in New Zealand's South Island has begun treating cancer patients using Varian's On-Board Imager which enables image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) with benefits such as increased accuracy and, potentially, improve outcomes.

Used in combination with the clinic's new Varian Clinac 2100iX medical linear accelerator, the On-Board Imager device is used to check and adjust positioning prior to treatment delivery and target tumors more precisely during sessions.

"The images give us the confidence to increase doses, particularly for our prostate cancer patients, which has been shown through clinical trials to be beneficial for the patient," says Viv Ali, the hospital's radiation therapy clinical manager, in a release.

Christchurch Hospital has one of only two radiotherapy departments on the South Island and services a population of about 500,000 people.