Varian Medical Systems has signed a multi-year agreement with Inova to provide its advanced technology for image-guided, high-precision radiotherapy and radiosurgery.

Inova is a not-for-profit healthcare system that operates five hospitals with 1,700 licensed beds in northern Virginia.

Varian will also deploy its software across Inova’s facilities, in a bid to create an integrated informatics system and to unite cancer care across its network.

"Varian will also deploy its software across Inova’s facilities, in a bid to create an integrated informatics system and to unite cancer care across its network."

Inova radiation oncology medical director Dr Gopal K Bajaj said: "We have been managing radiation oncology departments at two of our sites using Varian software for some time."

As part of the deal, Inova will install multiple Varian TrueBeam radiotherapy / radiosurgery systems in its facilities over nine years, with initial replacements at its Alexandria and Loudoun hospitals.

TrueBeam technology will help clinicians to select and administer different types of radiation treatment for each patient as appropriate, from intensity-modulated radiotherapy to stereotactic radiosurgery.

Inova will also deploy Varian’s ARIA information management and Eclipse treatment planning software across its facilities.

In addition, Inova will implement Varian’s new InSightive software for data analytics that will allow clinicians and administrators to use data stored within the ARIA oncology information system database.

Varian oncology continuum solutions vice-president Sukhveer Singh said: "ARIA is a robust practise management system and electronic medical record with a tremendous amount of information that Inova can mine and analyse to enhance the quality of care and the efficiency of its clinical operations."