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LMC 1ST IN BROOKLYN AND 1 OF 2 IN N.Y.C. TO OFFER MOST ACCURATE FRAMELESS STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY


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LMC IS FIRST IN BROOKLYN AND ONE OF ONLY TWO IN N.Y.C. TO OFFER MOST ACCURATE FRAMELESS STEREOTACTIC RADIOSURGERY
No bolted frames, no squeezing of the head and no awkward bite blocks

August 21, 2009, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran Medical Center is officially the first hospital in Brooklyn and only the second in all of New York City to use a new non-invasive localization and fixation system for cranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).

SRS is a highly precise form of radiation therapy used primarily to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. Because the target area must be precisely located and completely immobilized, most medical centers use an uncomfortable frame secured with screws to the patient's head during the procedure.

"Lutheran takes patient comfort and care very seriously, especially when it comes to critically ill patients," says Audrey Saitta, M.D., chair of Lutheran Medical Center's Radiation Oncology Department. "Unfortunately, the standard fixation devices used to treat brain masses and tumors are extremely uncomfortable."

Lutheran's modern frameless system, called the Aktina PinPoint System, uses vacuum fixation technology to achieve the same results for patients but with no bolted frames, no squeezing of the head and no awkward bite blocks.

"We are proud to offer PinPoint radiosurgery from Aktina since it is non-invasive, rather than the old-fashioned systems that use head pins that penetrate the skull. Most importantly, in addition to the added comfort, the new treatment is accurate down to the sub millimeter," Dr. Saitta added.

When serious illness strikes, patients and their families must choose from among many types of medical care and treatment options. Lutheran Medical Center's Cancer Care Program offers the very latest technologies for the diagnosis and management, and treatment of cancer. Our highly trained specialists can provide the information and guidance needed to make informed choices. And by working closely with physical therapists, pain management specialists, psychologists and social workers, Lutheran's team provides a broad continuum of care with patient comfort always top-of-mind. To learn more, visit www.LutheranHealthCare.org or call Dr. Saitta at 718-630-7065.

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