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Elekta to Highlight Clinical and Safety Advantages of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at 2013 AANS Meeting
Date:4/25/2013

NEW ORLEANS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 81st American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting April 27-May 1 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Elekta (booth #2239) will spotlight the continuing preeminence of Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) as the gold standard for treating benign and malignant brain tumors, plus other functional and vascular brain disorders.

"As the only radiosurgery device designed and dedicated to the brain, Leksell Gamma Knife has set the standard of safe and effective treatment of brain conditions," says Jay Hoey , Executive Vice President, Elekta North America . "Today, it remains the standard by which all other radiosurgery treatments are measured, treating more than 70,000 people a year with more than 800 scientific papers [studies with more than 30 patients] backing the technology.

"Gamma Knife surgery is an exceptional treatment choice for cases in which adjacent critical structures are at high risk of radiotoxicity, such as in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, residual meningiomas and acoustic neuroma," he adds. "For other intracranial targets such as multiple brain metastases, Leksell Gamma Knife provides less dose to normal brain tissues than other techniques."

Spotlight on patient safety and provider efficiency
Dedicated to intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery, Leksell Gamma Knife supports enhanced patient safety via the system's single-focused SRS design and simplicity-of-operation, which decrease the risk of mechanical and human error.

Typically capable of completing therapy in a single outpatient procedure, Gamma Knife surgery has also demonstrated significant efficiency advantages for providers as well. In comparison, Center for Medicare Services (CMS) 2011 claims data indicate that most patients receiving SRS delivered with a linear-
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