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Physicians See New Benefits, Treatment Opportunities for Brain Cancer with Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Date:7/1/2010

w.elekta.com/extend">Extend program enables clinicians to treat—over two to five radiosurgery sessions—patients with larger tumors or lesions close to critical structures located in the brain, skull base and in other head/neck regions. Extend non-invasively immobilizes the patient's head, making hypofractionated Gamma Knife surgery practical for these cases.

The University of Virginia (UVA) was the first U.S. center to acquire Extend. "We wanted to expand the versatility of Perfexion to allow multi-session radiosurgery," says Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., and co-director of UVA's Gamma Knife Center. "Extend enabled us to treat lesions immediately adjacent to critical structures, such as the optic apparatus, in addition to targets too large for single session radiosurgery. It also created the potential to treat brain metastases, which in many cases may not require the precision provided by a very rigid frame."

New GammaPlan® software reinforces the ability of the Perfexion system to provide an individualized treatment. In brain metastases cases, for example, clinicians can design a therapy that accounts for the patient's number, size and location of mets and fine-tune the dose for optimal tumor targeting and avoidance of normal tissues. Planning time has been reduced to enable plan development in less than an hour, while the median reduction in setup time has been reduced by 53 minutes per patient. (3)

The advantages of Perfexion were widely reported at the Leksell Gamma Knife Society meeting in Athens, Greece. Interviews and results of some of the clinical findings are available online at '/>"/>

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