Elekta helps build advanced healthcare in Iraq

ELEKTA HELPS BUILD ADVANCED HEALTHCARE IN IRAQ

Through United Nation's oil-for-food program, which also has been part

of the reconstruction of Iraq, Elekta has been chosen to deliver

complete systems for minimal-invasive stereotactic and functional

neurosurgery to be installed at hospitals in various parts of Iraq. The

delivery, carried out in October and with a value of approx. EUR 4.3 M,

also includes training outside Iraq of both neurosurgeons and service

engineers.

The systems supplied by Elekta will be used for routine as well as

advanced, minimal-invasive brain surgery. Each system includes the

Leksell Stereotactic System®, a three-dimensional localizing and

reference system that provides extremely high precision in the

diagnosing and treatment of such ailments as deep seated brain tumors

and functional disorders. Also included in the system is Leksell

SurgiPlan®, an advanced computer-based planning software which makes it

possible for surgeons to plan and simulate treatment in advance.

Instruments for biopsies and haematoma evacuation are included as well

as generators for stimulation and lesioning in the brain for the

treatment of functional and other disorders in the brain.

"Elekta has an ongoing long term commitment to contribute to the

development of health care in the Middle East and to further spread the

gentler and less invasive treatment methods that is made possible by the

company's products", says Lena Höglund, Elekta's Business Manager

Leksell Stereotactic Neurosurgery Europe and Middle East. "The Iraqi

healthcare system is now in a phase of rapid reconstruction. With

Elekta's equipment, many more Iraqi patients can receive basic as well

as advanced minimally invasive brain surgery that is significantly less

risky than the alternative open brain surgery. We are also looking

forward to continue to contribute to the advancement of the healthcare

system in Iraq."

Leksell Stereotactic System®, which is also a key component in the

Leksell Gamma Knife®, is the world leading equipment for minimal

invasive brain surgery and is used today in more than 1,000 hospitals

around the world.

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About Elekta

Elekta is a world-leading supplier of advanced and innovative radiationoncology and neurosurgery solutions and services for precise treatmentof cancer and brain disorders. Elekta's solutions are clinicallyeffective, cost efficient and gentle to the patient.For additional information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.comThis information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.netThe following files are available for download:http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2003/12/11/20031211BIT00340/wkr0001.dochttp://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2003/12/11/20031211BIT00340/wkr0002.pdf