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 News Release - March 21, 2007

Updated Varian Brachytherapy Applicator Set for Esophagus Cancer Treatment Receives FDA 510k Clearance

HAAN, Germany, March 21 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Varian Medical Systems has received 510k clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market an updated brachytherapy applicator set designed specifically for intraluminal treatment of cancer of the esophagus. The Esophagus Bougie Set(TM) can now be used with Varian's full range of VariSource® and GammaMed® HDR (high dose rate) afterloaders.

"This updated applicator set, now also available for our VariSource users, enables clinicians to deliver more effective and precise brachytherapy treatments to the esophagus," says Claudia Andres-Zindler, Varian's applicator product manager.

The applicator set has been designed to ensure an optimal distance from the source to the tissue being treated. The set is equipped with Bougies (slender, cylindrical instruments inserted into the esophagus) in four different diameters, facilitating the centered source position in the esophagus and optimizing the distance to the tissue to be treated. Also included in the set are a bite-protector and fixation, a fixation plate with band for each Bougie diameter, and a guiding wire which allows for use of the Seldinger technique to insert the Bougie into position.

Editorial contact: Neil Madle, Varian Medical Systems, +44 7786 526068,

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X- ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 3,900 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 56 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit

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Source: Varian Medical Systems

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