CRAWLEY, United Kingdom, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NHS Supply Chain has placed an order for a further 10 TrueBeam™ machines from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) as part of an ongoing program to replace older machines and roll out modern radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments for patients in the UK's public hospitals. The order, placed in September, comes just a year after the NHS Supply Chain ordered 20 TrueBeam systems from Varian.
"The commitment by NHS Supply Chain to order a further 10 TrueBeam systems demonstrates great confidence in this advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery system, as well as a close alignment between Varian and the UK government's stated goal of saving many more lives each year," said David Scott, Varian's regional sales director. "This shows the unprecedented demand for TrueBeam medical linear accelerators among the UK's oncology departments."
Under the deal, NHS hospitals across the country will take delivery of TrueBeam systems through the NHS Supply Chain.
"This is another important step in enabling the NHS to modernize its base of linear accelerators to provide technologically advanced cancer treatments, as well as shorten treatment times," says Andy Brown, managing director of business solutions at NHS Supply Chain. The TrueBeam system is equipped with a high dose delivery rate that enables some treatments to be completed more quickly than was possible with earlier generations of radiotherapy technology.
Designed to treat a moving tumor with speed and accuracy, Varian's TrueBeam system incorporates numerous technical innovations that dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management, and treatment delivery during a radiotherapy or radiosurgery procedure. TrueBeam has been designed to advance the treatment of lung, breast, intracranial, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.
"Through the capital equipment fund, NHS Supply Chain has been able to stimulate replacement of older, less capable systems within NHS hospitals and we are delighted that TrueBeam is being offered through this channel," added David Scott. "This recognizes the demand for highly efficient, state-of-the-art technology for the treatment of cancer in NHS hospitals. As the leading provider of radiotherapy equipment and software to the NHS, Varian is committed to ensuring patients have access to cutting edge technology while also recognizing that modern healthcare must be efficient, effective and affordable. This deal will help ensure that today's NHS meets all three of these targets."
Editorial contacts: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068 Mark Fox, NHS Supply Chain, +44 7710 966450
About Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, focuses energy on saving lives by equipping the world with advanced technology for fighting cancer and for X-ray imaging. The company is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is also a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, including tubes, digital detectors, and image processing software and workstations for use in medical, scientific, and industrial settings, as well as for security and non-destructive testing. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 70 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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