One of the leading radiation oncology treatments and software makers Varian Medical Systems has been selected to supply advanced medical linear accelerators to six Ethiopian hospitals.

Palo Alto, CA (PRNewswire)

Cancer patients in Ethiopia will gain access to modern radiotherapy treatments for the first time with the announcement that Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) has been selected to supply advanced medical linear accelerators to six hospitals in the country.  The Clinac™ iX treatment systems will be the first such devices offering treatments to cancer patients in a country of more than 90 million people.

The first phase of a cancer plan being rolled out by the Ethiopian government will see Varian supplying the treatment systems to Ethiopian university hospitals in the cities of Harar, Mek’ele, Jima, Hawasa, Gondar, and the capital Addis Ababa. The first of these projects is intended to start offering clinical treatments by the end of this year. The order for the six treatment machines was received by Varian Medical Systems in June.

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The Clinac iX systems will be capable of delivering fast and precise RapidArc® treatments with image-guidance tools on each system. Each site will have an Eclipse™ system for treatment planning and 3 ARIA® oncology information management workstations, and each hospital will have two radiotherapy bunkers to enable future expansion. Varian and Elsmed, one of its local representatives, are also working with the Ethiopian government to establish clinical education and training resources in the country.

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