August 21, 2007—The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, has placed an order to add a Synergy S system from Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden, to its Leksell Gamma Knife capability. Elekta Synergy S integrates high-resolution beam shaping, precise target localization, organ motion control and 3D imaging into one package, taking stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy to a new level.

Theodore L. DeWeese, MD, is Johns Hopkins professor of Radiation Oncology, Oncology and Urology and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences. “Elekta Synergy S is an ideal complement to Leksell Gamma Knife radiosurgery,” said DeWeese. “With it, we are expanding stereotactic radiosurgery to other parts of the anatomy besides the brain.”

Elekta Synergy S will be utilized for extracranial radiosurgery, particularly spine and liver applications, said DeWeese. “The center expects to treat approximately 20 patients per day with Elekta Synergy S in the first year,” he said, “and about half of those will be stereotactic treatments. Hypofractionated image-guided radiotherapy for prostate applications will follow at a later date as well.”