More than 500,000 patients worldwide have had Gamma Knife surgery, with about 50,000 patients annually receiving the therapy.
UPMC program evolves with Gamma Knife technology advances
In 1987, UPMC acquired its first Leksell Gamma Knife system. Radiosurgery also is used to manage benign lesions, including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and skull base tumors. In addition, Gamma Knife surgery has been used to eliminate arteriovenous malformations (AVM).
Since 1987, the number of patients receiving Gamma Knife surgery at UPMC has increased from 150 patients annually to between 650 and 700 patients per year using both of the two Gamma Knife units at the UPMC Center for Image Guided Neurosurgery. The UPMC Gamma Knife Center's staff now includes four neurosurgeons, three radiation oncologists and four medical physicists. The medical center's most recent advance was the 2007 acquisition of Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the fifth generation and most sophisticated radiosurgery system on the market.
Note: Dr. Lunsford is a paid consultant to Elekta AB, the developer and manufacturer of Leksell Gamma Knife. He also is a stockholder of Elekta AB.
UPMC Gamma Knife Treatments 1987-2009 (approximate numbers) Metastases: 4,000 Acoustic neuromas: 1,500 Meningiomas: 1,500 Gliomas: 1,000 Trigeminal neuralgia: 1,000 Other: 1,000
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