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University of Virginia Acquires New Elekta Technology to Expand Patient Groups That Could Benefit From Gamma Knife Surgery
Date:12/18/2009

ATLANTA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients with overly large benign skull base tumors, lesions too close to critical anatomy and those with multiple brain metastases are among those who will benefit first from a new "frameless" device for use with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion systems. The Extend program will enable University of Virginia Health System (UVA) clinicians to non-invasively fix or immobilize the patient's head position over two to five radiosurgery sessions, making it more practical for these cases.

"Team members from both the neurosurgery and radiation oncology departments made the decision to acquire Extend," said Jason Sheehan, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in both departments at UVA and co-director of UVA's Gamma Knife Center. "We wanted to expand the versatility of the Perfexion system to allow multi-session radiosurgery. This will enable us to treat lesions immediately adjacent to critical structures, such as the optic apparatus, in addition to targets that are simply too large for single session radiosurgery. It also creates the potential to treat brain metastases, which in many cases might not require the precision provided by a very rigid frame."

"There's no question that Extend broadens the potential for Gamma Knife Perfexion," added James Larner, M.D., professor and chair, radiation oncology. "First, fractionating therapy under certain circumstances -- cases in which a small tumor abuts a critical structure, for example -- provides a greater anti-tumor effect for
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