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Karolinska University Hospital Acquires Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion to Expand Radiosurgery Versatility, Efficiency in Brain Cancer Therapy
Date:4/23/2010

ATLANTA and STOCKHOLM, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Prof. Lars Leksell (1907-1986), inventor of the radiosurgical instrument that bears his name and a faculty member of Karolinska University Hospital (Solna, Sweden), performed the world's first Gamma Knife® surgery at nearby Sophiahemmet Hospital, the location of the first Leksell Gamma Knife. Karolinska University Hospital recently acquired Elekta's fifth generation radiosurgery system, Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™. Since January, Karolinska clinicians have been using the system to treat more patients per day and tumors that used to be hard to reach. Physicians also are much more easily treating multiple metastases in a single session.

While Karolinska clinicians are currently treating traditional Gamma Knife indications (metastases, meningiomas, arteriovenous malformations, dural fistulas, acoustic neuromas), the immediate impact Perfexion has made is the ease with which physicians can treat two or more metastases in one session.

"We treat five to 10 metastases on a regular basis, because the automated collimator makes it possible to rapidly plan and treat multiple tumor isocenters," Karolinska neurosurgeon Dr. Ernest Dodoo explains. "Suddenly, it is feasible to treat everything we see. Now, th
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