Patients With Brain Disorders Receive Newest Elekta Technology At Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery

ATLANTA, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery Center is the first medical center in the world to install the new Leksell Gamma Knife(R) 1.2 software upgrade. This local center houses the most successful radiosurgery technology available to fight children's and adult's brain disorders.

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The Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery Center is well known for its skill in using Leksell Gamma Knife(R) technology to treat children and adults with brain disorders. Since installing its first Leksell Gamma Knife(R) in 1998, the Sutter Gamma Knife(R) radiosurgery team has treated more than 900 patients.

Extensive evidence on Leksell Gamma Knife(R) technology proves its success in the treatment of children and adults. Over 2,000 peer-reviewed published papers support the use of Gamma Knife(R) surgery for adult and pediatric treatment.

Focus on Pediatrics

The expertise and reputation of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute has attracted pediatric patients from California, the U.S. and around the world. Medical Director, Sam Ciricillo, M.D. and the team at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute are acknowledged as world-class physicians specializing in pediatric neurosurgical radiosurgery.

"Leksell Gamma Knife(R) is a powerful neurosurgical tool, and we expect the new Leksell Gamma Knife(R) software to increase its excellent precision," said Dr. Ciricillo. "We offer hope to people whose disorders were once considered untreatable. We are especially gratified with our success in children."

Sutter's Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery Center provides the most advanced medical processes and treatment protocols with timeless compassionate treatment.

"Sutter Health holds high standards for the certification of physicians who perform Gamma Knife(R) procedures," said Harvey B. Wolkov, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Co-Director of the center. "Our stringent clinical review processes ensure patients receive the highest quality of care and follow-up attention."

Sutter's Success

Gamma Knife(R) surgery treats patients with life threatening brain diseases. It avoids surgically opening the skull, with favorable results for the patient's quality of life, treatment cost, clinical outcomes, and the reduction of complications.

Gamma Knife(R) surgery delivers precise doses of radiation to targeted brain tissue. The exacting precision of this technique protects the surrounding healthy brain. Gamma Knife(R) surgery is performed quickly and painlessly in a single session. Patients typically return to their routine daily activities within a day or two.

A variety of neurological disorders benefit from Gamma Knife(R) surgery, including AVMs, vestibular schwannomas, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, trigeminal nerve targets and brain metastases. Research is currently underway on other possible uses of Leksell Gamma Knife(R), such as treating epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and uveal melanoma. Today, there are 200 Gamma Knife(R) units in operation worldwide, and over 250,000 patients have benefited from this gentle, non-invasive treatment.

About Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Located at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, in the Sutter Cancer Center, the Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery Center is a service of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute. This state-of-the-art facility provides treatment of brain tumors, blood vessel abnormalities and functional disorders. The program's medical team includes neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, neuro-radiologists and specialty trained nurses.

Sutter Health is a family of not-for-profit hospitals and physician organizations that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality in more than 100 communities in Northern California. In addition to the Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery Center, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, as well as care of women and children, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.

For additional information about Sutter Gamma Knife(R) Radiosurgery or services provided by the Sutter Neuroscience Institute please call 1-888-287-2270 or visit

About Elekta

Elekta is a world-leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiation oncology and neurosurgery solutions and services for precise treatment of cancer and brain disorders. Elekta's solutions are clinically effective, cost efficient and gentle to the patient. For additional information about Elekta, please visit

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