Varian to Equip Proton Center in China

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Varian Medical Systems has been selected to install and service its ProBeam proton therapy system in the new multi-room Hefei Ion Medical Center (HIMC) being built in Hefei, Anhui Province, China. The company booked the order for the equipment as well as its ARIA information management and Eclipse treatment planning software in the third quarter of its fiscal year 2016.

HIMC will be the first government-owned proton therapy center in China. When completed, the center will feature three proton therapy treatment rooms with full 360-degree rotational gantries as well as facilities for fixed-beam treatments and research. Equipment installation is expected to take place in late 2017 and be in use by the end of 2018.

Varian’s ProBeam system offers fully integrated intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) to enable more efficient adaptive proton therapy. The Varian’s pencil beam scanning technology gives clinicians the ability to deliver the dose precisely in the tumor to minimize dose to healthy tissue. When combined with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), the ProBeam system enables advanced adaptive therapy during the course of treatment helping to make it a precise form of proton therapy.

Varian is also working on system installations at 10 other sites around the world.