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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…

A gentler treatment option for patients with brain disorders

Thousands of patients in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region now have access to the latest in world-class treatment for complex intracranial conditions, thanks to Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, the latest generation Leksell Gamma Knife® system at Sunway Medical Centre. Serving about 500,000 patients from Malaysia and around 30,000 international patients from more…

IRRF to establish the Dan Leksell Lecture

The International Radiosurgery Research Foundation (IRRF) has established a biennial honorary lecture in the name of Dr. Dan (Danny) Leksell, founder and former chairman of the Leksell Gamma Knife Society. This is in recognition of Danny’s great contributions to the field of radiosurgery. Dade Lunsford, MD, the Lars Leksell Professor and Distinguished Professor at the…

20,000th LGK treatment at La Timone, France

On October 25, dignitaries, scientists and patients gathered at University Hospital La Timone in Marseilles, France to celebrate its milestone achievement of 20,000th patients treated using their Leksell Gamma Knife® radiosurgery system since 1998. Since starting its radiosurgery program, the hospital has used five Gamma Knife versions and today employs a Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™…

Siberia’s first Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery system

Officials at St. Petersburg’s Medical Institute Berezin Sergey (MIBS, formerly, Diagnostic Treatment Center at the International Institute of Biological Systems) are anticipating the opening of the Center of Nuclear Medicine of MIBS in Novosibirsk on April 1, 2019. Among the various advanced treatment systems to begin operating there is Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, Elekta’s latest…

Roswell Park’s 20 Year Milestone with Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Dan Leksell, MD, son of Prof. Lars Leksell – creator of Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife® – sat down recently with his friend and colleague, Dheerendra Prasad, MD. Dr. Leksell and Dr. Prasad, a renowned Gamma Knife radiosurgery veteran, discussed their friendship and shared passion for the intracranial treatment technology that has changed almost 1.2 million…

Columbia University treats 5,000th Gamma Knife patient

Leksell Gamma Knife® systems began treating patients in 1968, seven years before Matthew Colonna was born. However, unlike many technologies introduced in the 1960’s which are now obsolete, cassette tapes and Polaroid cameras, for instance, Gamma Knife radiosurgery – in its 50th year and sixth generation – continues to be a modern, innovative technology that…

A benchmark planning study of SRS platforms

In intracranial SRS, the steeper dose gradient that Leksell Gamma Knife® provides, in comparison to other SRS platforms, not only ensures better sparing of organs-at-risk (OARs), it enables clinicians to adhere to a “zero margin PTV philosophy,” investigators maintained in the largest planning evaluation of SRS centers and platforms to date. The results of their…