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Barnes-Jewish Hospital to Provide Gamma Knife Surgery to Additional Patient Groups With New Elekta Technology
Date:2/23/2010

"We typically use linear accelerator-based radiotherapy to treat these tumors," he says. "However, the disadvantage of that technique for glomus jugulare lesions is that they require more fractions, which means more time and greater potential for side effects."

In evaluating their decision to acquire Extend, the radiation oncology and neurosurgery departments also provided information on the solution to ENT (ear-nose-throat) physicians in the otolaryngology department to determine their interest. These clinicians could refer certain cases for hypofractionated radiosurgery with Extend, including patients with nasopharygeal carcinoma, paranasal sinus tumors and extensive skull base tumors, he says.

"The ENT doctors are interested in being more 'focal' or precise with radiation therapy, and hypofractionated radiosurgery certainly offers that potential, with the likelihood of fewer side effects," Dr. Simpson observes. "In fact, an ENT doctor was one of two physicians here who recently went for Leksell Gamma Knife training."

The key components of Extend are patient-friendly fixation devices, such as a vacuum assisted bite block and head support with vacuum pillow. Accurate repeat fixat
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