WORLD’S FIRST CERTIFICATE OF QUALITY IN GAMMA KNIFE® RADIOSURGERY

World’s First Certificate of Quality

in Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery

 

The Gamma Knife® Center of Koç University Hospital has received the world’s first Certificate of Quality in Stereotactic Radiosurgery by the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS).  The Gamma Knife Center will serve as an education hub for national and international physicians and physicists in East Europe, North Africa, Balkans and Middle East with regard to their observation, training and course needs in the field of radiosurgery.

 

 

The Gamma Knife Center of Koç University Hospital has been awarded the world’s first Certificate of Quality in Stereotactic Radiosurgery by the ISRS. The center will serve as an education hub for national and international physicians and physicists in East Europe, North Africa, Balkans and Middle East with regard to their observation, training and course needs in the field of radiosurgery. Ian Paddick, former Chair of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, presented the certification at the society’s congress held in Milan, Italy.

 

Prof. Selçuk Peker shared his remarks on receiving the world’s first ISRS Certificate of Quality: “Today is quite an uplifting and proud day for me. Our center has become the first center in the world to be granted the ISRS Certificate of Quality. Each and every aspect of our Gamma Knife radiosurgery practices have been painstakingly reviewed. This certification was granted to our center as a recognition that we offer precise and consistent treatment under modern standards. I would like to extend my thanks to the members of my team, who have contributed vastly to this notable success.”

 

What is Gamma Knife?

Gamma Knife radiosurgery encompasses computerized mapping of the diseased intracranial area on the basis of stereotactic principles and irradiation of this area using gamma beam produced by 192 cobalt sources. While the low-energy beams fired by each source do not harm the healthy brain tissue, the point where all 192 beams concentrate receives a high dose of radiation.
 

Gamma Knife enables patients to receive non-surgical bloodless treatment. It is a mode of treatment that eliminates the need for intensive care and lasts only a few hours. Patients can return to their daily routines the next day following their treatment.

 

How does Gamma Knife Function?
 Stereotactic surgery damages the DNA of a tumoral or diseased tissue cells. Disrupting the division and nutritional functions of irradiated tumoral cells, the tumor is effectively barred from growth. The objective of this treatment is to halt a tumor’s growth. Over time, tumors usually regress in size in patients who receive treatment. The rate of tumoral size regression is more or less equal to its growth rate. When it comes to the treatment vascular tangles that are also known as AVMs, Gamma Knife causes dilated vessel walls to thicken and gradually become occluded. The vascular tangle is closed over time, which takes up to approximately 3 years. In line with their rapid growth, malignant tumors and metastases respond to treatment at the same rate, i.e. within several months. 

 

 

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