UK-based NHS Supply Chain is purchasing ten TrueBeam machines from Varian Medical Systems to improve radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments in the country’s public hospitals.

Ordered as part of an ongoing programme to replace older machines, the latest contract is in addition to an award last year for 20 TrueBeam systems.

The deal will involve NHS hospitals across the country taking delivery of the systems through NHS Supply Chain.

Varian Medical Systems regional sales director David Scott said: “The commitment by NHS Supply Chain to order a further ten TrueBeam systems demonstrates great confidence in this advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery system, as well as a close alignment between Varian and the UK Government’s stated goal of saving more lives each year.

“This shows the unprecedented demand for TrueBeam medical linear accelerators among the UK’s oncology departments.”

Designed to quickly and accurately treat a moving tumour, these systems incorporate technologies, which dynamically synchronise imaging, patient positioning, motion management, and treatment delivery, during radiotherapy or a radiosurgery procedure.

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“Ordered as part of an ongoing programme to replace older machines, the latest contract is in addition to an award last year for 20 TrueBeam systems.”

The system was developed to treat lung, breast, intracranial, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.

NHS Supply Chain business solutions managing director Andy Brown said: “This is another important step in enabling the NHS to modernise its base of linear accelerators to provide technologically advanced cancer treatments, as well as shorten treatment times.”

The company manufactures medical devices and software to treat cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy and brachytherapy.

It provides informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centres and medical oncology practices.

Image: Varian’s TrueBeam medical linear accelerator. Photo: courtesy of Varian Medical Systems, Inc.