Varian Medical Systems out of Palo Alto, California is releasing a new low energy, and low price, radiotherapy system at this week’s 10th Biennial ESTRO Conference on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy. The UNIQUE platform is designed as an entry level system for hospitals wanting to offer radiation oncology or as a replacement for those with older cobalt based systems.
The UNIQUE Performance Edition incorporates all the tools needed to easily establish or enhance a clinically effective radiotherapy treatment operation. The UNIQUE* platform’s low energy medical linear accelerator incorporates Varian’s proven technologies for reliable and consistent dose control, delivery, and beam shaping, into an elegant machine with patient friendly design that is small enough to fit into almost all existing treatment bunkers. The system is ideally equipped for treating cancers of the head and neck, breast, cervix and prostate, which make up the majority of cases in most areas of the world.
Varian will also offer a UNIQUE Power Edition without RapidArc technology or image-guidance software, for centers that prefer to begin with a more basic yet upgradeable platform.
Either package is ideal for treatment centers looking to transition from older cobalt units to modern radiotherapy technology. The small footprint of the UNIQUE accelerator allows it to fit into most small, existing treatment vaults. UNIQUE is not for sale in the U.S., Canada, or Japan.