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The Gamma Knife® Centre of Queensland at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) continues to kick goals with a record 30 occasions of service last week using the Queensland-first technology.
Co-Director of the Gamma Knife Service Associate Professor Matthew Foote said the previous record was 26 in July this year, so it was exciting to step up with a new record so soon.
“This service provides the benefit of a minimally invasive day procedure so, while we had the patients ready for treatment and the capacity to do it, we got on with the business of treating patients,” he said.
“What we treated most last week was a 50 per cent split on benign and malignant tumours, mostly men and we treated most patients (7) on Wednesday.”
The Gamma Knife Centre of Queensland at PAH commenced services in October 2015 and has so far excelled in the treatment of brain tumours as well as blood vessel malformations in the brain and pain disorders like trigeminal neuralgia.
The Gamma Knife service has treated a total of 1,429 patients in its first four years of operation and, so far this year we have treated 455 patients which compares to 333 year-to-date in 2018.