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A New Cooperation between NGHA, Varian and IMRIS To Build A Facility For MRgRT

Varian MRIToday, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs (“NGHA“) has signed a contract with Medical Systems and , Inc, to establish a new medical facility for magnetic resonance-guided radiation therapy ().

According to this agreement, Varian and IMRIS  are  going to provide this new facility with  curing cancer treatments, combining  the IMRIS’s new movable   technology  with the Varian’s latest technology, linear accelerator ”True Beam” system.

 The MRI device is providing a very high resolution of soft tissue imaging, which aids in destroying tumors later on simply by using radiotherapy or radiosurgery.
Dow Wilson, president of Varian’s Oncology Systems business, said” “While this technology is still in the early developmental phase, we see great potential to advance the ability of clinicians to target tumors within soft tissue more precisely,”.

This new technology will be designed to give MRI scanner a free space to move within the room, so it will help to have a MR imaging to detect the tumor’s location, needless to move the patient from his place to another.The radiation therapy systems are predicted to be available in multi-room configurations, including independent MR-simulation abilities for the MR system, in order to improve the financial conditions of hospitals.

Bandar Al Knawy, MD, FRCPC said, “The primary goal at National Guard Health Affairs is to become the nationwide leader of healthcare facilities in the region, as well as a globally recognized healthcare system with outstanding clinical services, high quality education/training and cutting-edge research. With our valuable partners, this project will demonstrate that clearly.” Dr. Suliman Al-Ghamdi of NGHA commented “We believe that MRI can provide improved soft tissue discrimination leading to greater physician confidence and more accurate treatments with both external beam and brachytherapy applications”.

Dr. Abdelhamid Saoudi, Chief Medical Physicist at NGHA Jeddah, also added “There are many challenges to be addressed and the MR-Linac solution is a great opportunity for innovation in the field. We look forward to contributing to the overall solution in the developmental phase and maximizing the clinical utility in a busy radiation therapy practice”.

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