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Radiosurgery as it should be – smooth, painless, effective and close to home

Losing her hearing due to a vestibular schwannoma* would have been devastating for Jane. After all, she plays both percussion and harp in her free time. But it was her profession and appearance she was more concerned about, which influenced her choice to have it treated with extremely precise, minimally invasive radiosurgery. As a doctor,…

New Vantage frame transforms Gamma Knife radiosurgery experience

Patient immobilization for frame-based Gamma Knife® radiosurgery planning and treatment delivery is taking a leap forward with the introduction of Leksell Vantage™ for Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery. The simple, patient-friendly design and non-metallic composition of the Vantage frame promises not only to significantly increase patient comfort, but also to enhance target visualization and positioning as well…

Debbie practices mind over matter to overcome melanoma 

Deborah (Debbie) Butler, from Caloundra, Australia – near Brisbane – doesn’t get upset over things she can’t change, even when those things happen to be stage IV melanoma. When she met Dr. Matthew Foote, a Radiation Oncologist at the Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland last year, he explained to her that although there were few…

Focus on quality and patient experience are key elements of Gamma Knife program success

The foundation of Kettering Health’s Gamma Knife program is built on four key pillars, according to Anthony Paravati, MD, the center’s director of stereotactic radiation services. Dr. Paravati and lead technical physicist, Christopher Wennerstrom, MS discussed these program elements during an Elekta-sponsored webinar titled “Strategies for Driving Operational Excellence, Quality & Program Growth with Gamma…

Study review questions finding of greater radionecrosis with Gamma Knife versus linac treatment

A recently published paper in the journal Radiotherapy and Oncology (Sebastian NT, et al.) suggests that patients treated with Leksell Gamma Knife® are nearly four times more likely to develop radionecrosis than patients treated with linac-based radiosurgery. In a personal review of the 2,699-patient study, Ian Paddick, MSc (Consultant Physicist, National Hospital for Neurology and…

Amid Covid-19, Gamma Knife radiosurgery center finds a way

Clinicians at Niguarda Hospital’s (Milan, Italy) Gamma Knife unit recently published their experiences and insights on how they managed to keep their Gamma Knife® radiosurgery services up and running during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like countless Gamma Knife services worldwide, the crisis has required Niguarda Hospital staff to be extremely diligent to safeguard staff and patient…

Second Leksell Gamma Knife Icon helps Korean center keep up with radiosurgery demand

As Samsung Medical Center’s (SMC, Seoul, South Korea) Gamma Knife® radiosurgery capabilities have grown over the last two decades, the volume of patients seeking treatment at the hospital has only increased. From the end of 2001 to June 2020, SMC has operated four of the five different generations of Gamma Knife technology, in pursuit of…

Brazilian hospital reinforces stereotactic radiosurgery program with Leksell Gamma Knife Icon

On December 9, 2019, physicians in Rede D’Or DF Star Hospital’s (Asa Sul, Brasília) department of radiotherapy used their Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™ system for the first time, delivering precision functional stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to a 72-year-old woman suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition affecting the fifth cranial nerve in the face. On follow…