First Of New Generation ‘Gamma Knife’ To Target Brain Tumors Installed At Sutter Health
The 21-ton machine is able to more precisely and quickly use radiation beams than earlier models. Sutter spent $5 million on the equipment and $2 million to build a bunker for it at its Sacramento campus. In other cancer news, Vice President Joe Biden discusses the "moonshot" initiative in the Bay area.
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What Weighs 21 Tons, Costs $7M And Kills Brain Tumors
Sutter Health has installed a 21-ton, $7 million "gamma knife" that uses radiation to do brain surgery more quickly and simply than previous generations of the device. Gamma knives have been used for decades to destroy tumors with targeted beams of radiation. But officials at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, on Sutter's midtown Sacramento campus, said their device is the first model of its kind in the state. (Anderson, 2/26)
Vice President Joe Biden Lands In Bay Area, Talks Cancer Moonshot Initiative
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, touched down in the Bay Area Saturday, prepared to spend the entire weekend discussing health initiatives and raising funds for Democrats. The duo first stopped at the University of California, San Francisco, where they participated in an 11 a.m. roundtable discussion with tech industry leaders about finding (and funding) a cure for cancer. (2/27)