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Italian hospital invests in new stereotactic radiosurgery system

Elekta : 10 October, 2007  (New Product)
The Niguarda Hospital of Milan, Italy has placed an order for Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the advanced stereotactic radiosurgery system.
Niguarda Hospital is a national point of reference for treatment and health promotion in Italy. The hospital employs more than 700 physicians and 1,500 nurses. Annually, over 50,000 patients are admitted at Niguarda where over 20,000 surgical procedures are performed in 32 operating rooms.

The Neurosurgery Department at Niguarda is one of Italy’s national referral centres for the treatment of cerebral vascular arteriovenous malformations (80 cases annually) skull-base tumours (50 cases) and drug-resistant epilepsy (80 cases).

The Neurosurgery Department at Niguarda will treat tumours and other brain disorders with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, based on protocols and treatment data from the approximately 500,000 patients who have undergone Gamma Knife surgery since this method came into clinical practice in the 1980s.

'We have evaluated Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion based on the system's performance at several hospitals around the world, not least in Marseille, France, where our colleagues have more than one year of experience using this new system', explains Prof Massimo Collice, the President of the Italian Neurosurgical Society. 'With its unlimited cranial reach, robotic approach and fantastic ability to sculpture the dose to the target, we will get an important addition to our arsenal in the fight against different brain disorders. Besides patients with brain metastases, a large number of patients with cerebral AVMs, skull base tumours and epilepsy will benefit from Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion'.

'We are honoured to receive the assignment to equip Niguarda Hospital with the gold standard for stereotactic Radiosurgery and thereby contribute to both better patient care and the advancement of medical science', comments Massimo Abbiati, business unit manager for Elekta in Italy.

The system will be installed in October 2007 and its inauguration is planned for mid November.

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