World-Class Neuroscience Center Treats First Patient with Elekta's Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion Radiosurgery System
PR Newswire LONDON, Dec. 20, 2012
- U.K.'s The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery to advance frontiers in radiosurgery research and clinical practice
LONDON,Dec. 20, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- A 60-year-old male patient with an acoustic neuroma became the first person to receive Gamma Knife® radiosurgery at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (N HNN, London). NHNN clinicians gave the treatment onOctober 29, officially inaugurating its radiosurgery service at its new Queen Square Radiosurgery Centre (QSRC). NHNN's Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ will serve as the platform on which to launch a full-scale program of radiosurgery research and clinical activities. QSR C is the United Kingdom's sixth operational Gamma Knife center.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a gentler alternative to traditional brain surgery for illnesses such as acoustic neuromas and metastatic disease, which is cancer that has travelled to the brain from elsewhere in the body. With pinpoint accuracy, the system delivers up to thousands of low-intensity radiation beams to one or more targets in a single session. Perfexion provides even greater speed and ease of use than previous models.
According to NHNN neurosurgeon, Neil Kitchen, M.D., the hospital's acquisition of radiosurgery technology supports the U.K. government's efforts to improve access to advanced clinical techniques, and will reinforce research and clinical efforts focused on neurological disorders.
"In terms of research, the addition of Gamma Knife will enable assessment and evaluation of a range of treatment modalities for brain disorders, particularly for brain metastases," Dr. Kitchen says. "Clinically, Gam ma Knife is a well accepted and proven technology that is a gentle and effective option to standard treatments for brain metastases and other brain disorders that can prolong and improve patients' quality of life. Among radiosurgery technology options, after detailed evaluation, we considered Perfexion to be the gold standard that would meet NH NN's clinical and research requirements. In addition, we determined that Perfexion offered accuracy and patient throughput advantages over linac-based radiosurgery."
Established in 1860, NHNN is the United Kingdom's largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital, treating over 6,000 inpatients, 120,000 outpatients and 8,000 day cases each year. NHNN provides comprehensive services for diagnosis, treatment and care of all conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and muscles. It offers approximately 200 outpatient clinics each week, covering all aspects of neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation, in addition to many specialist units, including dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and stroke. NHNN is part of the University College London (UCL) Hospitals Foundation Trust, and closely associated in its work with the UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, a major international center for research and training, with UCL ranked fourth best university in the world.
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