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Saint Joseph's Hospital First in Georgia to Offer Noninvasive Treatment of Brain Disorders with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion
Date:10/1/2009

ATLANTA, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta is the first hospital in Georgia to offer treatment with Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion(TM), an advanced radiosurgery device specifically designed to treat brain tumors and other brain disorders without making an incision.

A gentler alternative to traditional brain surgery, Gamma Knife Perfexion delivers thousands of low-intensity radiation beams to one or more targets in a single session. This unmatched method provides pinpoint accuracy, high efficiency and outstanding results. For the patient, that means an extremely powerful treatment with shorter recovery time and little to no side effects.

Rebecca Heitkam, RN, BSN, CCRN, serves as manager of the Gamma Knife Center at Saint Joseph's Hospital. "Saint Joseph's always has strived to provide patients with the best care possible utilizing the most advanced technology available. Since September 2004, Leksell Gamma Knife C and 4C units gave us the opportunity to treat brain lesions with great accuracy and minimal discomfort. Most patients were discharged by noon and back to their normal activities within a few days. With the upgrade to Perfexion, we will be able to reach and treat lesions that previously were outside the range of the C and 4C. We are thrilled to be the first in Georgia to offer this treatment option for our patients."

One of four Gamma Knife centers in Georgia, St. Joseph's launched its Gamma Knife radiosurgery program in 2004. Since, more than 600 patients have been treated at the center.

According to Peter Possert, MD, radiation oncologist in the Gamma Knife Center at Saint Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta, "Twice in the past twelve months I have evaluated patients for Gamma Knife radiosurgery with lesions outside of
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