Frequently Asked Questions


What is TrueBeam?

The new TrueBeam™ system from Varian Medical Systems is the latest and one of the most advanced radiotherapy technologies in the world for treating cancer. Developed from the ground up it optimizes both radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments. TrueBeam delivers more flexible cancer treatments with pinpoint accuracy and precision, ease and speed.

Has TrueBeam been cleared by the FDA?

Yes, TrueBeam was cleared for sale by the FDA in December 2009. TrueBeam is available in the US and Europe.

How does TrueBeam work with the ARIA information system?

ARIA is fully integrated with TrueBeam.

How does TrueBeam work with the Eclipse treatment planning system?

Eclipse is fully integrated with TrueBeam.

What specific treatment techniques can I deliver with the TrueBeam?

TrueBeam can be used for many forms of advanced treatment techniques including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and RapidArc® radiotherapy technology. Because of this, patients can receive the radiotherapy treatment that is best suited for their specific clinical circumstances.

What types of cancers will TrueBeam treat?

TrueBeam can treat cancers anywhere in the body, where radiation treatment is indicated. TrueBeam technology opens the door to new possibilities for the treatment of challenging cases such as cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck as well as other cancers that are treatable with radiotherapy. Check with your doctor to see if TrueBeam treatment is appropriate for your specific cancer.

How does TrueBeam work?

TrueBeam rotates around the patient to deliver a prescribed radiation dose from nearly any angle. It combines imaging, beam delivery and sophisticated RapidArc technology to accurately and precisely target tumors with great speed. Real-time imaging tools allow clinicians to "see" the tumor they are about to treat and respiratory gating enables clinicians to synchronize beam delivery with patient respiration.