Varian radiotherapy systems for three Danish hospitals

22 May 2007

Copenhagen & Herlev, Denmark. Three Danish hospitals will receive state-of-the-art radiotherapy systems with the installation of new suites of treatment machines, software and networking systems from Varian Medical Systems. Radiotherapy centres in Herlev, Copenhagen and Naestved will receive 14 new Varian linear accelerators, each complete with accessories and software enabling intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), over the next 18 months.

The new equipment, to be installed at Herlev Hospital and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, both in the Capital Region, and Hospital South in Naestved, in the Region of Zealand, will enable the three centres to extend their intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) programs. Varian’s latest Eclipse treatment planning and ARIA information management software will be installed at all three sites, providing the three clinics with an integrated network for fast efficient treatments that minimize patient waiting times.

All the new Clinac linear accelerators — eight at Herlev, four at Rigshospitalet and two at Naestved — will come equipped with the On-Board Imager device for modern, real-time image guidance. IGRT enables clinicians to pinpoint the position of the tumour at the time of treatment, allowing more precise treatments and potentially fewer side effects.

When the new accelerators are installed, Rigshospitalet will have 13 Varian treatment machines, making it one of the largest radiotherapy centres in Europe. Naestved Hospital, in co-operation with Rigshospitalet, serves patients in the south of the Zealand region and will act as a key part of the integrated approach planned for the three cancer centres.

Dr Peter Michael Vestlev, head of radiotherapy at Herlev Hospital, said the clinic’s IGRT program will advance the precision and quality of cancer treatments. “We are also very much looking forward to integrating the new software systems,” he added, “so we can have just one data system for tracking and treating patients.”

He said the department’s seven existing accelerators, one of which is 19 years old, would be replaced by the new equipment. Herlev Hospital carries out 40,000 radiation treatments per annum, treating 2,500 new patients each year.

Sten Hornsleth, Varian’s Scandinavian regional manager, said, “This major investment shows the commitment of the Danish government to improving cancer care and will bring the latest in radiotherapy treatments to the country’s cancer patients. We are delighted that Varian was selected to equip these projects and we look forward to providing clinicians at all three hospitals with the tools to treat their patients as precisely and effectively as possible.”

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