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For Release: September 25, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083,
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Akron General Gamma Knife Center Opens
Neuroscience Institute expands offerings

A new era of neuroscience care for the residents of Summit County and surrounding areas was recently ushered in as Akron General Health System began treating patients with its new Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion system. Akron General’s Gamma Knife Center is one of only five in the state of Ohio and the only one located between Cleveland and Columbus.

An alternative to the traditional surgical tools that neurosurgeons have historically used to remove cancerous tumors, the incisionless Gamma Knife radiosurgery system treats patients with brain and neck tumors using high doses of radiation to destroy cancer cells and shrink the tumors. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is able to accurately focus many beams of high-intensity gamma radiation to converge on one or more tumors. Each individual beam is of relatively low intensity, so the radiation has little effect on health brain tissue and is concentrated only on the tumor itself.  

The Gamma Knife system is the latest in a number of recent advancements made at Akron General for neurosurgical or neurological care. A Neuro Intensive Care Unit – the first in Summit County – opened earlier this year at Akron General Medical Center. Four operating suites are being completely renovated and outfitted with the latest technology, including Brainsuite intraoperative MRI and intraoperative CT that will provide Akron General surgeons with precise and real-time anatomical information on the patient during delicate surgical procedures.

"Patients can now receive the highest quality care without ever having to leave this community," said Georges Z. Markarian, MD, a neurosurgeon and chair of Akron General’s new Neuroscience Institute. "Everything they need is right here, close to home."

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.

Date Updated: 25-SEP-2012

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