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Next-generation radiotherapy designed for patient and clinic

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 8:00pm

2011 R&D 100 Winner
Varian RadiotherapyMore than 5,000 components and 42 pending patents were incorporated into TrueBeam radiotherapy and TrueBeam STx radiosurgery systems from Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif.

TrueBeam radiotherapy systems deliver almost every known type of radiation beam treatment in clinical use 50% faster than previous generations of Varian technology. The system redesign minimizes the time a patient has to lie immobilized on a treatment couch, giving clinics an opportunity to improve their workflow practices.

A C-shaped gantry contains the linear accelerator and rotates around the patient to deliver the beams from different angles. The gantry also supports a robotic, articulating X-ray imager that is used to fine-tune patient positioning. The couch is a precision subsystem for accurately positioning the patient over the course of multiple treatments.

Gated RapidArc radiotherapy compensates for tumor motion by synchronizing imaging with dose delivery during a continuous rotation around the patient. A new beam generation system can be configured with up to seven X-ray energies including high-intensity modes that can deliver dose rates up to 2,400 monitor units (MUs) per minute—double the maximum output of the company's earlier linear accelerators.

Technology
Radiotherapy/radiosurgery system

Developers
Varian Medical Systems  


The TrueBeam and  TrueBeam STx Development Team from Varian Medical Systems
Mika Miettinen, Principal Developer
Lisa Hampton

Varian- Radio Baden Team
Pictured in Baden, Switzerland team photo: Christof Sidler, Dominique Gasser, Sarah Behnke, Stefan Grimm, Stefan Guntlin, Markus Fleischlin, Mirco John Nimmrichter, Martin von Siebenthal, Luis de Carvalho, Timo Berkus, Pascal Paysan, Dieter Seghers, Rene Hassanein, Raphael Zwiker, Stefan Jochem Thieme-Marti, Harald Mikula, Christof Frey, Joerg Blattner, Stefan Kuster, Stefan Suter, Thomas Buergel, Matthias Oster, Markus Haegeli, Oskar Klockar, Samuel Petitjean, Olaf Sommer, Thomas Schwere, Beat Markwalder, Salvatore Provenzale, Mauro Filippin, Daniel Hentsch, Ronald Cogen, Maria Catena Waelchli, Philipp Bruhin, Peter Munro, Roland Meier, Edinalva Gradwohl, Reto Glettig, Reto Filiberti, Patrik Kunz, Thomas Lackner.

 

Varian Radio Crawley Team
Pictured in Crawley, U.K. team photo clockwise from front left: Neil Starks, Jeremy Bagley, Jeff Dowrick, Mike Willis, Mark Freeman, Daryn Grossmith, Mike Harris, Tim Trezise, Andy Ash, Gloria Hyder, Mick Pennells, Garry Barnes, Jason Marle.

 

Varian Radio Helsinki Team
Pictured in Helsinki, Finland team photo (Back row l-r): Juho Schultz, Marko Rusanen and Mika Miettinen. (Middle row:) Heli Uusi-Kyyny and Matti Kemppainen. (Front row:) Jarmo Ruohonen and Minna Porkola.

 

Varian Radio Palo Alto Team
Pictured in Palo Alto, Calif., team photo: Ned Harris, Dusan Baic ,Timothy Lam, Stephen Gaudio, Dan Wong, Ed Snyder, John Sullivan, Bill Strachan, Betty Cho, Marco Pinto, Dipten Deb, Ashish Katrekar, Cathy Zhuang, James Nguyen, Daniel Pawlak, Robert Wigger, Arati Neopane, Tom Chia, Steven Mendez, Kevin Greenberg, Roopashree Jayaprakash, Tom McMillan, John Au-Yeung, Vibhesh Patel, Ankita Goel, Gary Rose, Ross Hannibal, Krish Santhanam, Shoku Sarrafzadeh, Gary Lester, Fabian Iglesias, Armarsena Annam, Raul Rivera, Jay Janardhanan, Paolo Dalla Ricca, Mahesh Mysore. Jamir Thapa, Mario Santana, Sagar Sonawane, Sridhar Gundra, Chandra Arumalla, Nitin Mangi, Moussa Iskandar, Stephen Mohr, Mark Trail, Tomas McConnell, Vijay Arulmuthu, John van Heteren, Mick Renner, Abrian Mihalko, Ashish Tarnalkar, Raman (Venkitachalam) Potti, Ari Manoukian, Chris Lutz.

Baden, Switzerland Team
Gisele Adu
David Aggeler
Magnus Ammann
Martin Amstutz
Reto Ansorge
Sarah Behnke
Vanessa Benz Dreger
Timo Berkus
Joerg Blattner
Philipp Bruhin
Thomas Buergel
Maria Catena Waelchli
Ronald Cogen
Noeub Dan-Dy
Luis de Carvalho
Joerg Desteffani
Martin Feusi
Reto Filiberti
Mauro Filippin
Simone Fischer
Markus Fleischlin
Christof Frey
Dominique Gasser
Reto Glettig
Edinalva Gradwohl
Andres Graf
Stefan Grimm
Stefan Guntlin
Markus Haegeli
Rene Hassanein
Reto Hauri
Daniel Hentsch
Urs Herzog
Ludwig Hungerbuehler
Thomas Jakob
Walter Kaelin
Walter Kaelin
Martin Kamber
Oskar Klockar
Emir Kobilic
Patrik Kunz
Stefan Kuster
Thomas Lackner
Oliver Lennemann
Laura Lucca
Kristijan Macek
Beat Markwalder
Roland Meier
Harald Mikula
Daniel Morf
Christoph Mueller
Peter Munro
Mirco John Nimmrichter
Markus Oelhafen
Matthias Oster
Pascal Paysan
Samuel Petitjean
Salvatore Provenzale
Heinrich Riem
Niklaus Schaer
Vinc Scheidegger
Daniel Schwager
Thomas Schwere
Dieter Seghers
Andreas Seifert
Christof Sidler
Olaf Sommer
Markus Spuler
Viktor Steinlin
Stefan Suter
Stefan Jochem Thieme-Marti
Martin von Siebenthal
Andreas Weber
Markus Wild
Marcel Wyss
Juerg Zinniker
Raphael Zwiker

Crawley, U.K.
Andy Ash
Jeremy Bagley
Garry Barnes
Dave Browne
Steve Carey
Dave Comber
Jeff Dowrick
Mark Freeman
Steve Frost
Daryn Grossmith
Mike Harris
Paul Harrison
Gloria Hyder
Jason Marle
Mick Pennells
Simon Pett
Jas Singh
Neil Starks
Tim Trezise
Brian Tucker
Mike Willis

Helsinki, Finland
Kirsti Ahlroos
Matti Kemppainen
Laura Korhonen
Esa Kuusela
Mika Miettinen
Janne Nord
Jarkko Peltola
Viljo Petäjä
Minna Porkola
Jarmo Ruohonen
Marko Rusanen
Juho Schultz
Hilkka Toivonen
Tuomas Torsti
Seppo Tuomaala
Heli Uusi-Kyyny

Palo Alto, Calif.
Kashif Abdullah
Mike Agate
Armarsena Annam
Vijay Arulmuthu
Chandra Arumalla
John Au-Yeung
Dusan Baic
Dusan Baic
Christopher Brown
Tom Chia
Betty Cho
Joseph Co
Wade Curtiss
Paolo Dalla Ricca
Dipten Deb
Xiang Fang
Blake Gaderlund
Stephen Gaudio
Ankita Goel
Kevin Greenberg
Sridhar Gundra
Ross Hannibal
Ned Harris
Chris Hedges
Fabian Iglesias
Moussa Iskandar
Jay Janardhanan
Roopashree Jayaprakash
David Jensen
Ashish Katrekar
Qingxiang Ke
David Kemp
Robert Kopels
Timothy Lam
Gary Lester
Roberto Lueveno
Chris Lutz.
Nitin Mangi
Ari Manoukian
Tomas McConnell
Tom McMillan
Steven Mendez
Abrian Mihalko
Stephen Mohr
Mahesh Mysore
Arati Neopane
Julius Ng
Phuoc Ngo
James Nguyen
Andy Nguyen
Vibhesh Patel
Daniel Pawlak
Marco Pinto
Josh Porter
Raman (Venkitachalam) Potti
Steven Prince
Ekaterina Radeva
Mick Renner
Raul Rivera
Gary Rose
Mario Santana
Krish Santhanam
Shoku Sarrafzadeh
Ed Snyder
Sagar Sonawane
Lakshman Srinivasan
Bill Strachan
Chris Streeter
John Sullivan
Don Suwannakoon
Jamir Thapa
Ashish Tarnalkar
Filippo Tosi
Mark Trail
John van Heteren
Edwin Von Borstel
Hengqing Wen
Robert Wigger
Dan Wong
Young Wu
Angie Ye
Gary Yen
Cathy Zhuang

Award Year

2011

Organization

Varian Medical Systems
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