As part of an ongoing program to replace older machines, the organization has ordered 10 TrueBeam machines.

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

Varian Medical Systems regional sales director David Scott said: "The commitment by NHS Supply Chain to order a further 10 TrueBeam systems demonstrates great confidence in this advanced radiotherapy and radiosurgery system, as well as a close alignment between Varian and the UK government’s stated goal of saving many more lives each year.

"This shows the unprecedented demand for TrueBeam medical linear accelerators among the UK’s oncology departments."

Designed to treat a moving tumor with speed and accuracy, TrueBeam system integrates technologies, which dynamically synchronize imaging, patient positioning, motion management, and treatment delivery during a radiotherapy or radiosurgery procedure.

The system was developed to treat lung, breast, intracranial, prostate, head and neck, and other types of cancer.

NHS Supply Chain business solutions managing director Andy Brown said: "This is another important step in enabling the NHS to modernize its base of linear accelerators to provide technologically advanced cancer treatments, as well as shorten treatment times."

NHS also ordered 20 TrueBeam systems in 2013, for installation in various public hospitals in the country.

Image: Varian’s TrueBeam medical linear accelerator. Photo: courtesy of Varian Medical Systems, Inc.