Dr. Michael Sisti from the Gamma Knife Center tells us a multi-million dollar up-grade is coming to his Center this Summer. They will be upgrading to a new state-of-the-art (5 million dollar plus) machine called the Gamma Knife Perfexion System. The Gamma Knife isn’t really a knife, but a large machine that generates a highly concentrated beam of radiation that is used to specifically target a lesion in the brain. The Gamma Knife is used to treat a multitude of problems including Brain Tumors, Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs), and Epilepsy. The upgrade to the Perfexion system expands this capability to include more treatment areas. Also, an advanced planning system means surgery will be performed with even greater accuracy. According to Elekta, the maker of the Perfexion System, “System benefits include faster set-up and treatment delivery to one or more tumors in a single session[.]” Watch this video to learn more about the new Perfexion Gamma Knife. Dr. Michael B. Sisti is excited about his Center’s upgrade. He says, “We will then have the two ultimate radiosurgery systems: Trilogy and Gamma Perfexion in one place.” Also of note is that the whole Radiation Oncology Department at Columbia is undergoing a $50 million upgrade. This is important to our cancer patients because many of them will receive their radiation therapy there. Learn more from our page on Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and our previous blogs: One Picture Speaks a Thousand Words-These Neurosurgeons use Two and Radiosurgery Trials Looking Good for Epileptics.