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August 8, 2010

Australian Doctors Perform Gamma Knife Treatment

The first gamma knife treatment in Australia has been carried out at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney. The gamma knife uses low-intensity radiation from cobalt-60 sources to treat targets inside the brain without affecting surrounding tissue. Doctors believe the device ca

By cms admin

The first gamma knife treatment in Australia has been carried out at Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.

The gamma knife uses low-intensity radiation from cobalt-60 sources to treat targets inside the brain without affecting surrounding tissue.

Doctors believe the device causes fewer complications, lowers treatment cost and provides better outcomes compared to traditional neurosurgery treatments.

Dr John Fuller, who carried out the treatment, said that even though the patient had several brain tumours, only one hour-long operation was necessary and no scalpel was used.

“The patient was awake throughout the entire procedure and only received a local anaesthetic,” Fuller said.

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