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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…

Moscow center celebrates 1,000th Gamma Knife patient

A 62-year-old woman with a meningioma recently became Sklifosovsky Research Institute’s 1,000th patient to be treated with the clinic’s Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™. The Perfexion radiosurgery system is the centerpiece and sole radiotherapy unit of the Institute’s Radiosurgery Center, which opened on April 10, 2016 in Moscow. “We are delighted to be an official member…

Gamma Knife leader on track for next 10,000 patients

As Elekta celebrates the 50th anniversary of clinical Gamma Knife® radiosurgery, clinicians at Yokohama Rosai Hospital can take pride in their center’s contribution to the worldwide volume of 1.1 million patients treated since 1968. Since 1992,  Yokohama Rosai Hospital has treated nearly 11,000 patients with Leksell Gamma Knife technology, hitting the 10,000th patient treated in…

Celebrating 50 years of iconic brain care

Leksell Gamma Knife used to treat 80,000 new patients each year globally With six generations, technology continues to evolve and is still gold standard for treating intracranial targets Latest system, Leksell Gamma Knife Icon ushers in a new era of frameless, multi-session Gamma Knife radiosurgery The first Leksell Gamma Knife® stereotactic radiosurgery procedure in a…

Spotlight on: Asian Gamma Knife Society

The 5th meeting of the Asian Gamma Knife Society (ALGKS 2017), which convened at Lotte City Hotel Jeju (Jeju Island, Korea) was hosted by the Asian Leksell Gamma Knife Society and The Korean Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. The meeting drew more than 200 attendees from 15 mainly Asian countries and featured presentations of…

Over a million ways and counting to remember a father

By virtue of ongoing upgrades and improvements, Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife® has demonstrated remarkable staying power and clinical relevance. In 2018, Elekta celebrates the 50th anniversary of the start of the system’s use in the clinic. The building block for Gamma Knife was the stereotactic frame that Professor Lars Leksell developed in 1949 and which…

Brain mets patients report better quality of life

QOL scores improved for 72.3 percent of patients from baseline to 12 months for patients with a brain mets total volume of ≤ 5 cm3 – Patient-reported QOL is a predictor of survival in patients with brain mets and may be helpful in deciding on the optimal treatment  –  Gamma Knife radiosurgery delivers the lowest dose…