Thursday, October 28, 2010

Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis seeks to get cutting edge with new CyberKnife

from the IV MB, by yyy60:

>>** Saint Francis Hospital of Memphis plans to acq a CK too. If both CKs are installed, Saint Francis's would be the 4th CK and Baptist Memorial's the 5th CK in Tennesse.

The Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN
By Toby Sells
October 27, 2010

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis aims to purchase a CyberKnife surgery suite in a project that would cost $7.54 million, according to government documents.

The hospital filed a letter of intent with the Tennessee Health Services Development Agency this month to buy the robotic, knife-and-scalpel-free surgery system that is used to remove certain cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System uses beams of high-dose radiation to remove tumors anywhere in the body including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney.

Letters of intent are typically turned into formal requests to the agency the following month, when it would give the project an up or down vote.

Should the hospital be allowed to buy the CyberKnife system, it would make room for the device by removing an existing linear accelerator. That space would then be renovated for the new system, according to its letter of intent.

The board allowed Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis to purchase a CyberKnife system in July 2008 in a $6.7 million project.

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