ORLANDO, Fla. June 25, 2013 – In an event that literally moved walls, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute installed the latest invention in non-invasive brain surgery to treat conditions that previously were considered inaccessible or inoperable. Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ will reduce treatment time, increase precision, and treat multiple brain lesions in a single treatment session. The machine weighs an impressive 25 tons and required the outer wall of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute to be temporarily removed so the machine could be installed by a cranes and a team of several dozen.
“We have been planning the installation of this new technology for more than a year. It took a coordinated team effort from our radiation safety team, office of construction and design, security, clinical staff and physicians to make the installation of the new machine possible,” said Leslie Aldrich, administrator of the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. “The advantages of this new technology will be a tremendous benefit to our patients.”
It took three 18-wheeler trucks to deliver the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ due to the weight of the various components. The outer wall to the Gamma Knife Center was removed, including 3 feet of concrete, so the machine could be craned into position for assembly.
“One of the biggest advantages of the new Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ is shorter treatment times,” said Dr. Robert Sollaccio, medical director of radiation oncology. “This new machine will reduce a typical treatment from more than one hour down to as little as 15 minutes. This state-of-the-art machine gives new hope in the treatment of brain disorders, allowing physicians to treat brain tumors, lesions, vascular malformations and functional disorders that were once considered inoperable.”
Known as the gold standard in non-invasive brain surgery methods, the Gamma Knife targets and treats diseased brain tissue while leaving surrounding tissue intact. It is not actually a knife, but a powerful tool that can deliver radiation in a meticulous manner.
The Gamma Knife Center located at Florida Hospital Orlando includes a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists from neurosurgery and radiation oncology. The new Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ will take several weeks to assemble and is expected to be operational in August 2013.
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