Health Canada issues Medical Device License to Elekta for Leksell Gamma Knife Icon


Health Canada has issued a Medical Device License to Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Icon radiosurgery system.

Icon is the sixth generation of the Leksell Gamma Knife system. It is designed to provides the flexibility for single dose administration or multiple treatment sessions over time, which enables treatment of structures ranging from very small target sizes of a few millimetres to several centimetres, targets close to critical brain structures and new or recurring brain metastases.

“We are pleased to soon offer our patients the latest advance in stereotactic radiosurgery technology. The image guidance and frameless features of Gamma Knife Icon allow us to treat patients who were not candidates for stereotactic radiosurgery therapy with older technologies,” says Arjun Sahgal, deputy chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada. “Through our experience participating in the pre-approval validation of this system, we had the opportunity to experience how real-time computed tomography imaging enables sub-millimetre accuracy in targeting tumours. This degree of precision is especially critical when targeting lesions in the brain, where sparing healthy tissue is essential for reducing side effects and protecting normal brain function.”