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San Antonio Community Hospital deploys Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion

Elekta : 04 June, 2008  (Application Story)
Physicians at California's San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland are to begin treating patients using the new Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion.
An alternative to traditional open-brain surgery and daily radiation treatments, Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, delivers focused doses of radiation without making an incision to treat brain tumours and other brain disorders.

Developed in conjunction with US Neurosurgical, the Gamma Knife Center at San Antonio Community Hospital has received broad-based support from physicians in the community and is expected to open before the end of 2008.

'This will be the first and only Gamma Knife in the California Inland Empire, comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, which is one of the fastest growing areas in California,' said Alan Gold, chairman of US Neurosurgical. 'The Gamma Knife Center will bring a remarkable treatment capability to a huge marketplace of more than three million people that previously had no such option.'

Gamma Knife surgery has become the world's most widely used Radiosurgery treatment due to its accuracy, reduction of excess radiation dose to the body, extensive history and clinical documentation. Unlike systems designed to treat the whole body, Leksell Gamma Knife is specifically designed to optimise treatment to the head - a fact appreciated by neurosurgeons and patients alike.

In addition, workflow with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is optimised for efficiency, resulting in treatments that are precise, safe and typically completed in less than an hour.

'This project was long in the making and required a great deal of study,' said Gold. 'Inevitably, we chose Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion because it offers the most efficient, cost effective solution for intracranial Radiosurgery in the marketplace. With it, San Antonio Hospital will be able to treat more patients than ever before.'
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