Surgery, oncology  

First patient treated with Elekta's new non-invasive radiotherapy system for brain tumours

Stockholm, Sweden & Marseille, France. The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion from Swedish company Elekta (STO:EKTAB), a new system for stereotactic radiosurgery on brain tumours, has for the first time been used clinically to treat patients at Hรดpital de la Timone (University Hospital La Timone) in Marseille, France.

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a non-invasive method for treating brain disorders that delivers a single, high dose of irradiation to a small and precisely located intra-cranial volume through the intact skull.

The Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion has been designed for unlimited cranial reach and ease of use and comfort for both patients and staff. It provides a radiosurgical platform for further refinement and expansion of procedures in the brain, cervical spine and head & neck regions.

University Hospital La Timone is first in the world to have one nstalled and in clinical use. On July 10, three patients were successfully treated.

"We are very proud to be the first clinic in the world to be able to provide stereotactic radiosurgery with Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion, a highly sophisticated system allowing us to treat more patients. Both patients and staff will benefit from the smart design that will rationalize our work procedures, giving us more time to focus on our patients", comments Professor Jean Regis.

University Hospital La Timone is an internationally well recognized clinic and a centre of excellence in radiosurgery. Professor Jean Regis has also participated with very valuable expert advice in the development process of Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion.

"I am very pleased to see that four years of research and development pays off and comes to the benefit of patients, first here in France but also in the future throughout the world with more installation of this truly innovative system", says Tomas Puusepp, President and CEO of Elekta.

Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is subject to regulatory clearance in North America.

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