PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE : VAR ) has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its updated ProBeam™ proton therapy system.
Varian's ProBeam system gives clinicians options for delivering dose precisely in order to minimize dose to healthy tissue in the course of delivering proton therapy treatments for cancer. Its scanning beam technology enables intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) by modulating dose levels on a spot-by-spot basis throughout the treatment area. Irradiations from multiple angles are combined in an optimal manner to improve control of dose distributions. Scanning beam technology also eliminates the time-consuming need to manually insert separate shaping accessories for each beam angle in order to match the beam to the shape of the tumor.
Varian's scanning beam IMPT technology is already at work in the Rinecker Proton Therapy Center in Germany, which has now treated over 1,500 patients. Varian also has contracts to install ProBeam systems at six sites: four in the United States, one in Saudi Arabia, and one in Russia.
High resolution images are available in the Varian newsroom at the following URL: http://newsroom.varian.com/ProBeam.
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Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes, digital detectors, and image processing workstations for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies high-energy X-ray devices for cargo screening and non-destructive testing applications. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 6,400 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, and China and approximately 72 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com or follow us on Twitter.
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