The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Supply Chain has placed an order for an additional 20 TrueBeam machines from Varian Medical Systems.

Under an ongoing programme, the devices will replace older machines and introduce modern radiotherapy and radiosurgery treatments for patients in the UK’s public hospitals.

The order also includes ten PerfectPitch treatment couches and 50 licenses for Varian’s RapidArc and Eclipse software systems.

TrueBeam system features a high dose delivery rate that allows some treatments to be completed faster than possible with earlier generations of radiotherapy technology.

The system includes technical innovations that synchronise imaging, patient positioning, motion management and treatment delivery during a radiotherapy or radiosurgery procedure. It was developed to advance the treatment of lung, breast, intracranial, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.

Under the deal, NHS hospitals across the country will take delivery of TrueBeam systems through the NHS Supply Chain.

"With the increasing pressure on budgets it is vital that we work together to maximise benefit for the NHS."

Varian Medical Systems UK area sales manager Adele Lyons said: "As the leading provider of radiotherapy equipment and software to the NHS, Varian is committed to ensuring patients have access to cutting-edge technology, while also recognising that modern healthcare must be efficient, effective and affordable.

"The TrueBeam technology will enable the NHS to meet all of these objectives.

"We share a goal with the NHS to help save many more lives each year."

The deal follows similar orders from NHS Supply Chain in 2013 and 2014 when a total of 30 TrueBeam systems were ordered. The opportunity delivers value direct to the NHS, as well as increases access to modern radiotherapy treatment systems.

NHS Supply Chain Capital Solutions trading director Jason Lavery said: "By working in partnership with the NHSBSA, the Department of Health and Varian Medical Systems, we are all able to provide a structure for the NHS that supports both the national direction for providing world class cancer treatment and achieving best value in managing capital equipment.

"With the increasing pressure on budgets it is vital that we work together to maximise benefit for the NHS."

The company noted the PerfectPitch couches allow six degrees of movement, enabling more angles of attack on the tumour.