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Devices Oncology Neurosurgery

 News Release - August 14, 2007

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Upgrades Radiosurgery Capabilities with Leksell Gamma Knife(R) Perfexion(TM)

ATLANTA and ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- The highly respected Barnes-Jewish Hospital has placed an order for Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, the most advanced system for non-invasive radiosurgery in the world. A revolutionary alternative to traditional open-brain surgery and daily radiation treatments, Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion uses focused doses of radiation without making a single incision to treat malignant and benign brain tumors, as well as, other brain disorders.

Performing Gamma Knife radiosurgery since 1998, the Gamma Knife center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital offers stereotactic radiosurgery for patients in the St. Louis-Metropolitan area, the surrounding Midwest region, as well as, patients from more distant locations.

"For more than nine years, the Gamma Knife of St. Louis has provided greater options in treating patients with brain tumors, as well as, other intracranial structures," says Keith M. Rich, M.D., co-director of the Gamma Knife of St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. "We're looking forward to the greater capabilities the Perfexion unit will provide."

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

Building a Better Treatment System

Developed in conjunction with leading neurosurgeons, Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is:
-- Precise - thousands of radiation beams converge with a level of
accuracy more than 0.5mm, about the thickness of a strand of hair,
leaving nearby healthy tissue undamaged.
-- Proven - With almost 500,000 patients treated worldwide, and thousands
of peer-reviewed scientific articles, the system has unmatched clinical
-- Safe - Unwanted radiation dose to the body is up to 100 times less than
that of competing technologies.

About Barnes Jewish

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, ranked as one of the nation's top five medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. For additional information, please visit

About Elekta

Elekta is an international medical technology group, providing more than 4,000 hospitals worldwide with clinical solutions and comprehensive information systems for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders.

Elekta's flagship products include Leksell Gamma Knife® for intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery, Elekta Synergy® for advanced IMRT and IGRT using X-ray Volume Imaging, and the image guided Elekta Axesse(TM) system for extracranial stereotactic radiosurgery for spine and body. All of Elekta's solutions employ non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques and are therefore clinically effective, gentle on the patient and cost-effective. Elekta is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb and the company head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

Source: Elekta

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