Varian Medical Systems announced that Grupo Oncoclínicas, the private cancer center network in Latin America, has acquired thirteen medical linear accelerators, five TrueBeam and eight VitalBeam products, as part of a multi-phase program to expand the radiotherapy capabilities in its centers across Brazil.
To support advanced treatment capabilities, Grupo Oncoclínicas has also ordered Varian's software including the Eclipse™ treatment planning system, InSightive™ analytics solution, RapidPlan™ knowledge-based treatment planning software, Velocity™ multi-modality imaging software, and ARIA® oncology information system.
Varian will be installing the equipment and software at several clinics over the next three years.
The Varian TrueBeam and VitalBeam medical linear accelerators are built from the same platform and are designed to enable high-quality rapid and precise image-guided treatment. Grupo Oncoclínicas will have the first cancer centers in Latin America equipped with the VitalBeam systems.
"Grupo Oncoclínicas and Varian share a commitment to increasing patient access to the most advanced cancer treatments," said Hélio Salmon, radiotherapy director of Grupo Oncoclínicas.
"By utilizing the TrueBeam and VitalBeam systems and Varian software as part of our radiotherapy expansion project, together we are giving patients across Brazil powerful new tools in the fight against cancer. This partnership also allows us to collaborate on the development of clinical protocols for advanced radiotherapy techniques such as hypofractionation."
"We are proud Grupo Oncoclínicas has selected Varian as its radiotherapy partner in the expansion of its cancer treatment centers in Brazil," said Chris Toth, president Oncology Systems Americas at Varian.
"We are committed to working closely with them on the installation of this advanced equipment and increasing access to cancer care in Brazil."
Eclipse software creates an optimized radiotherapy treatment plan based on a physician's dose instructions, and information about the size, shape and location of the tumor to be treated.
The software incorporates unique features such as RapidPlan knowledge-based planning, which makes it easier and faster to plan sophisticated cancer treatments like intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and RapidArc radiotherapy.
InSightive analytics software allows users to easily explore their clinical and operational data to uncover trends that may lead to improved outcomes.
ARIA is a comprehensive electronic medical record and image management system that aggregates patient data into an organized, oncology-specific medical chart with functional components for managing clinical, administrative and financial operations for medical, radiation and surgical oncology.