August 15, 2007 07:15 ET

REMINDER: ORLive Presents: Gamma Knife® Technology, a Non-Invasive Treatment for Abnormalities of the Brain

Live Webcast: From Pitt County Memorial Hospital, August 15, 2007 5:00 PM EDT (21:00 UTC)

GREENVILLE, NC--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - The words "going under the knife" are not what most people want to hear, because there is usually some sort of incision involved. But the Gamma Knife procedure available at Pitt County Memorial Hospital offers patients treatment without a knife or an incision -- and you can watch an actual procedure to see how it's all done live on

On Wednesday, August 15, PCMH will sponsor a webcast showing the Gamma Knife procedure for a meningioma, a non-malignant brain tumor. Dr. Barbara Lazio, neurosurgeon, Dr. Hyder Arastu, radiation oncologist, and Dr. Helvecio Mota, physicist, will discuss the non-invasive procedure. You can submit email questions to Dr. Lazio, who will be moderating.

The addition of Leksell Gamma Knife® technology at PCMH offers new hope for patients with brain lesions that were once considered inoperable. In other situations, the use of Gamma Knife alleviates much of the pain, scarring and long recovery time associated with conventional open-brain surgery. Gamma Knife gives surgeons the ability to treat abnormalities in the brain effectively without picking up a scalpel. Through stereotactic radiosurgery, physicians can ablate, or destroy intracranial lesions by focusing multiple gamma rays on a precisely defined target.

The technique, which has been perfected over the past two decades, carries little risk of surgical complications. Because there is no incision in the scalp or skull, there is usually no need for general anesthesia. In most cases, patients experience little pain and are back on their feet within hours. They return home the same day in most cases and resume their normal routines in a few days. Gamma Knife is a primary alternative to conventional neurosurgery and radiation therapy for abnormal masses of blood vessels called arteriovenous malformations (AVM) that develop in the brain as well as benign and malignant tumors. It is also an effective treatment for facial pain caused by the trigeminal neuralgia.

The non-invasive Gamma Knife procedure is especially useful for patients who are not good candidates for standard surgical techniques due to illness or advanced age. In many cases, the location or nature of the lesion makes Gamma Knife the only feasible treatment. The technique can also be used as an additional therapy when surgery and other treatments are not completely successful.

If you can't tune in on August 15, an archived version will be available after the live webcast.

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Contact Information

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    Alex Fraser
    Director of Marketing
    slp3D, Inc / OR-Live™
    860-953-2900 x 214