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The Mayfield Clinic & University Radiology Associates Launch Precision Radiotherapy Center at University Pointe


High-Precision Radiosurgery Facility First in Region to Target Tumors Inside And Outside the Head


WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mayfield Clinic and University Radiology Associates today unveiled the Precision Radiotherapy Center, the region's first facility to offer stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of tumors both inside and outside the head. Candidates for treatment include patients with benign and malignant tumors of the brain, head, neck, spine, lung, liver and prostate.


The center's breakthrough technology, Novalis® Shaped Beam Surgery™, attacks tumors and other lesions with shaped, high-dosage beams of radiation. The technology provides an alternative to invasive surgery in some cases, enabling physicians to treat patients with tumors and other abnormalities on an outpatient basis. Many patients will benefit by avoiding the risks associated with an open operation, hospitalization, and a prolonged recovery.


Patients are treated with radiosurgery in different ways. Stereotactic radiosurgery can involve a single potent dose of radiation during a single visit; or it can involve a fraction of the complete radiation dose over the course of several visits. Single-fraction radiosurgery requires sedation, a head ring to keep the head immobile, and meticulous treatment planning. Fractionated, or multi-fraction stereotactic radiosurgery, requires patients to wear a mask to ensure immobilization.


The addition of the Precision Radiotherapy Center to Greater Cincinnati's healthcare marketplace is the latest in a long line of developments that have helped position the Mayfield Clinic and University Radiology Associates among the nation's most advanced healthcare providers. The Precision Radiotherapy Center features the 16th U.S. installation of the Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery system, which is manufactured by BrainLAB AG, and the first Novalis system in the Tristate region.


"It's a new tool that will help us do some of the things we've already done even better and do new things we've never done before," said Dr. John Breneman, professor of radiation oncology and neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati. "It is a much more versatile machine than what we've had in the past. It allows us to treat lesions larger than what we could treat, and it will allow us to treat tumors and lesions outside the brain that are close to critical structures in the body, such as the spinal cord."


Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery uses a precise, high-dosage beam of photon energy that is shaped to the contours of the tumor. The radiation beam damages the DNA of tumor cells, causing the cells to die without reproducing. The brain or other part of the body then rids itself of the remaining tumor debris through its own defense system. Meanwhile, because the radiation beam is precisely focused -- and because the beams penetrate the body from many different angles -- risk of injury to surrounding tissue or vital structures is minimized. The tumor location and radiation dose are determined prior to the procedure through a sophisticated software-driven treatment planning system.


Shaped Beam Surgery™ can be used to treat tumors that are resistant to other forms of therapy because of their size or location, or because of the condition of the patient's health. And it can be used to treat patients with conditions other than tumors, including arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuromas and pituitary adenomas.


"Patients who have previously undergone stereotactic radiosurgery for brain tumors have often asked me why we can't do stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors outside the brain," said Dr. Ronald Warnick, a neurosurgeon with the Mayfield Clinic and director of surgical neuro-oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. "My answer has always been that we didn't have the technology to allow this kind of treatment outside the brain. Now we do. With Novalis we can image, immobilize and treat tumors outside the brain and extend the range of indications and help many more patients with radiosurgery than ever before."


About The Mayfield Clinic  


The Mayfield Clinic & Spine Institute is recognized as one of the nation's leading physician organizations for clinical care, education, and research of the spine and brain.  With 15 neurosurgeons, one neuro-oncologist and one neuro-intensivist, Mayfield treats 20,000 patients from 35 states and 13 countries in a typical year.  Mayfield's physicians have pioneered surgical procedures and instrumentation that have revolutionized the medical art of neurosurgery for brain tumors and neurovascular diseases and disorders.


About The Mayfield Spine Institute  


The Mayfield Spine Institute, a subsidiary of the Mayfield Clinic, features the largest and most experienced network of spine specialists in the Midwest. Mayfield's multidisciplinary team includes board-certified physicians in neurosurgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as licensed professionals in physical therapy, occupational therapy and chiropractic.


About University Radiology Associates  


University Radiology Associates is affiliated with the UC College of Medicine's Department of Radiology and Division of Radiation Oncology. A member of UC Physicians, University Radiology Associates is staffed with 40 Radiologists and five radiation oncologists, and provides more than 200,000 procedures each year. Radiology services are provided at several sites locally, including The University Hospital, and consultative services are provided for patients around the world. The Division of Radiation Oncology has a long history of providing cutting-edge services in the Tristate region.


About BrainLAB  


BrainLAB, based in Germany, is a worldwide leader in the innovation of Image-Guided Surgery (IGS) and stereotactic radiosurgery systems. www.brainlab.com

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