Healthcare Industry News: Gamma Knife
News Release - June 3, 2008
San Antonio Community Hospital Commissions Leksell Gamma Knife(R) Perfexion(TM) To Serve Over 3 Million CaliforniansATLANTA, June 3 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Physicians at California's San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, will soon treat patients using the new Leksell® Gamma Knife Perfexion(TM). A revolutionary alternative to traditional open-brain surgery and daily radiation treatments, Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, developed by the international medical technology group Elekta, delivers focused doses of radiation without making an incision to treat brain tumors 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," says Alan Gold, Chairman of US Neurosurgical. "The Gamma Knife Center will bring a remarkable treatment capability to a huge marketplace of more than 3 million people that heretofore had no such option."
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 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.
In addition, workflow with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is optimized 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," says 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."
Elekta is an international medical technology group, providing oncologists, radiation therapists, neurosurgeons and many other medical specialists with state of the art tools to fight serious disease. Elekta provides advanced clinical solutions, comprehensive management and information systems as well as services for improved cancer care and management of brain disorders. Elekta's systems and solutions are used in over 5,000 hospitals around the world. Clinical and information management solutions include, among others, Leksell Gamma Knife® for non-invasive treatment of brain disorders, Elekta Axesse(TM) and Elekta Synergy® for stereotactic and image guided radiation therapy and radiosurgery as well as the MOSAIQ(TM) suite of software for image-enabled EMR and efficient management of clinical and patient data.
With nearly 2,500 employees globally, the corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. More information about Elekta can be found at www.elekta.com.
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