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December 20, 2012

NHS hospital treats acoustic neuroma patient using Gamma Knife radiosurgery

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in the UK has treated its first acoustic neuroma patient using Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

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The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) in the UK has treated its first acoustic neuroma patient using Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

Installed at the hospital’s new Queen Square Radiosurgery Centre (QSRC), Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion will serve as the platform for a full-scale programme of radiosurgery research and clinical activities.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery can deliver up to thousands of low-intensity radiation beams to one or more targets in a single session.

The system, which is a gentler alternative to conventional brain surgery for illnesses such as acoustic neuromas and metastatic disease, is said to provide even greater speed than previous models.

NHNN neurosurgeon Dr Neil Kitchen said the hospital’s acquisition of radiosurgery technology supports the UK government’s efforts to improve access to advanced clinical techniques, and will strengthen 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 added.

"Clinically, Gamma 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."

NHNN, which is part of the University College London (UCL) Hospitals Foundation Trust, treats over 6,000 inpatients, 120,000 outpatients and 8,000 day cases each year.

QSRC is the UK’s sixth operational Gamma Knife centre.


Image: National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery as seen from Queen Square, London. Photo: LordHarris.

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