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Varian Medical Systems Receives FDA Clearance for its Proton Therapy System

Posted Jan 10 2011 8:48pm

Last year at this time, Varian was not a real popular name due to the over exposure of radiation associated with their units and with the FDA approval I might guess that software certification was probably even more stringent at the FDA before approval was given, or at least it should have been.  BD

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“Proton therapy is a form of radiation treatment that uses beams of protons to deliver more targeted, precise doses than conventional photon beams.  More than 50,000 people around the world have been treated with proton therapy. As a result of its success, treatment is emerging from research facilities into regional treatment centers.

Varian has a rich history working with the scientific community to advance proton therapy and is a world leader in the manufacturing of medical devices and software for treating cancer.”

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR ) has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the Varian Proton Therapy System which generates protons for precision radiotherapy of lesions, tumors, and conditions anywhere where radiation treatment is indicated.  It is the first working system capable of delivering precise intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) using pencil beam scanning technology. image

"With this clearance, we have reached a significant milestone in the development of the Varian Particle Therapy (VPT) business and technology," said Lester Boeh, vice president of emerging businesses for Varian Medical Systems.  "It means our clinical partners will be able to treat patients as soon as their systems are commissioned without the need to seek individual site-specific clearances.  This will make it easier for customers to secure financing for their projects."

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