Gamma Knife History

Swedish neurosurgeon Professor Lars Leksell and a colleague, Börje Larsson, developed the first Gamma Knife model in 1968 during their search for a non-invasive modality to treat functional brain disorders. Subsequently, the Gamma Knife was proven to be beneficial in treating brain tumours and arteriovenous abnormalities. Continuing refinement through 1975 resulted in the forerunner of today’s Gamma Knife. In 1987, the Gamma Knife was introduced to the United States. In 2006 the latest model of the Gamma knife was introduced and it is this model that has been brought into Australia. With the improvement in computers and imaging techniques it is now able to place treatments with much greater facility and consequently makes the process easier for the patients, with more being able to be treated than ever.

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