May 20, 2005 09:14 ET

Ontario's first Gamma Knife arrives Tues at Toronto Western Hospital

22.5 tonnes of technology to be hoisted unto the 3rd floor Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 20, 2005) - Ontario's first Gamma Knife will officially arrive at its new home at the Toronto Western Hospital on:

Date:Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street

Weighing 22.5 tonnes, the Gamma Knife will arrive in three pieces and will be hoisted to the third floor of the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Centre. The Gamma Knife will be the first of its kind in the world located above grade level and will become part of the of the Krembil Neuroscience Program's state-of-the-art medical imaging centre.

The Gamma Knife will be used for surgically inaccessible arterioveneous malformations, difficult brain tumours, drug-resistant movement disorders, pain, and epilepsy. Multidisciplinary teams from the Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital will work together to deliver treatment to about 300 patients a year. The Gamma Knife will be operational in the fall of this year.

Interview Opportunities:
Dr. Mark Bernstein, Neurosurgeron, Co-Director Gamma Knife, TWH
Dr. Cynthia Menard, Radiation Oncologist, Co-Director Gamma Knife, PMH
A Gamma Knife patient will also be available for interview

Photo Opportunity:
Loading of the Gamma Knife into the 3rd floor. This schedule to begin at 7:00 a.m.

For media inquiries please contact:
Tracy Chisholm, Senior Public Affairs Advisor, Toronto Western Hospital
Phone: (416) 603-5323
Pager: (416) 790-1399

Contact Information

  • Tracy Chisholm, Sr. Public Affairs Advisor, University Health Network
    Primary Phone: 416-603-5323