American Shared Hospital Services announced it has entered into a contract to supply a Gamma Knife Perfexion system to Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), located in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. American Shared Hospital Services provided NWH with its existing Gamma Knife in 2005, and the Perfexion system will be an upgrade to that Gamma Knife. Patient treatments on this Perfexion system are anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter, pending regulatory approval.
A proven choice for radiosurgery of the brain, American Shared Hospital Services' Gamma Knife Perfexion is supported by efficacy and outcome data from 600,000 treated patients around the world and thousands of peer-reviewed scientific articles. The Gamma Knife Perfexion maintains full clinical compatibility with the classic Gamma Knife and, according to manufacturer Elekta, reduces unwanted body dose to the patient by up to 100 times, as compared to competing technologies. This is especially important for treating children and women of childbearing age and enables a significantly increased treatable volume, which is expected to increase the number of patients able to benefit from Gamma Knife surgery. The fully automated and efficient single push-button approach can save an estimated 3-5 working weeks of physician time annually at an average Gamma Knife center, according to Elekta.
NWH is dedicated to providing high quality, patient-centered care through its medical expertise, cutting-edge technology and commitment to humanity. The hospital's Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center gives access to top oncologists and surgeons who offer superior treatment for a wide range of cancers. Highly trained specialists at the hospital collaborate to provide a custom-tailored course of treatment for each patient. The addition of the Gamma Knife Perfexion will better equip NWH cancer specialists and neurosurgeons to treat patients with malignant and benign brain tumors, vascular malformations, and trigeminal neuralgia through the delivery of highly targeted, concentrated doses of radiation - simultaneously sparing adjacent, healthy brain tissue. Many Gamma Knife patients are able to return to pre-treatment activities within 24 to 72 hours, and Gamma Knife radiosurgery can often be completed in one session.
NWH will be the 14th cancer center to utilize American Shared Hospital Services' financing solutions to upgrade to next-generation radiosurgery technology.
American Shared Hospital Services is engaged in providing turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services. The company is a global leader in providing Gamma Knife Radiosurgery equipment and also offers the latest IGRT and IMRT systems, as well as its proprietary concept "Operating Room for the 21st Century." The company is additionally a leader in proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT), which is the next significant growth opportunity in radiation oncology. American Shared Hospital Services is presently developing PBRT centers in Dayton, Ohio; Boston, Mass.; Orlando, Fla.; and Long Beach, Calif., and the company is also negotiating additional projects. American Shared Hospital Services owns a preferred stock investment in Mevion Medical Systems, the developer of the compact MEVION S350 PBRT system.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at ashs.com
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