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While the device was envisioned and designed for the treatment of functional disorders, early applications also included the treatment of both benign and malignant tumors, as well as vascular malformations (Larsson 1996). By the mid 1970s, the cobalt sources in Gamma Knife I had decayed significantly. Based on the existing clinical experience, a redesigned device was constructed and installed at the Karolinska Hospital in 1975 (Larsson 1996). This ‘‘Gamma Knife II’’ shared many similarities with subsequent commercial devices, notably, circular as opposed to rectangular collimators.

1 Initial Experience with Linac Radiosurgery Working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, neurosurgeon Osvaldo Betti and Engineer Victor Derechinsky modified a Varian Clinac 18 for use in radiosurgery; the first patient was treated in 1982 (Betti and Derechinsky 1982, 1984). Recognizing that the couch was the weakest mechanical link, Derechinsky designed a specialized chair which supported the patient and to which a Talairach stereotactic frame could be affixed. In the first iteration of the ‘‘Betti Historical Development of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy 17 Fig.

The stereotactic space was defined relative to a small radio-opaque sphere using the coordinate system of the CT scanner. Imaging, planning and treatment were performed in a single setting with the patient rigidly fixed for the duration of the procedure. 0 mm in a worst case scenario. This prototype spinal system was subsequently used in the treatment of nine patients (Hamilton et al. 1995, 1996). Doses delivered were understandably conservative, ranging from 8 to 10 Gy, with distributions constructed in such a way that no portion of the spinal cords received more than 3 Gy.

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