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Elekta Announces Clinical Start-Up of New Leksell Gamma Knife(R) Perfexion(TM) at UPMC
Date:10/23/2007

n it?' Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is the representation of that partnership - it was redesigned from the ground up, based on a lot of user experience. The medical device industry does not always do that, but in this case, Elekta asked the users to design the product."

Technological advances are a leap forward

Dr. Lunsford says the team had a tall order to fill. "We wanted to increase the volume of the brain, neck and upper spine that could be treated, reduce radiation exposure to patients and staff, improve how conformally and selectively we could confine the dose delivery to every target, increase patient comfort during the procedure, improve patient flow, and maximize the precision of the robotic positioning system. All of these issues were solved with the Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion. Our hopes and expectations have been surpassed by the actual product."

Dr. Lunsford says Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is a robust, reliable and extremely versatile radiosurgical device. "The actual procedure is exceedingly fast, so treatment times are much shorter. Because of the redesign, patients can now be treated in a neutral neck position, and the bed is much wider as well."

Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion technology is an enormous advance in brain radiosurgery, says Dr. Lunsford, and a huge leap forward in the field. "Among the many applications that have been performed by Gamma Knife is the increasing incidence of metastatic brain cancer. Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion offers enormous opportunity to treat lesions all over the brain with excellent patient comfort in a single treatment," he says. "This will continue to change how metastatic brain cancer is treated around the world."

UPMC - Elekta partnership going strong

The University of Pittsburgh has been a primary collaboration site for many of Elekta's new technologies, from stereotactic frames to surgical planning systems. "We put in the first Leksell Gamma Knife in North America in 1
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