WESTCHESTER, Ill., Sept. 18 The Novalis Circle, a globalnetwork of clinicians dedicated to the advancements of radiosurgery, gathered140 physicians from around the world at its 4th International Conference inSanta Barbara, California, to share their expertise, clinical experiences andtreatment protocols in radiosurgery and radiotherapy.
Members of the Novalis Circle include neurosurgeons, radiationoncologists, medical oncologists, medical physicists, radiation therapists andnursing staff that refer to or utilize Novalis(R) Shaped Beam Surgery and thenew Novalis Tx(TM) platform. These highly-precise systems help physicianstreat patients facing malignant and benign lesions of the brain, head, neck,and body; arteriovenous malformations; and functional diseases such astrigeminal neuralgia with a non-invasive method.
Dr. Antonio A.F. De Salles, professor of neurosurgery at the University ofCalifornia at Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, chaired and hostedthe meeting together with his fellow physicians Dr. Michael Selch and Dr.Nzhde Agazaryan. The meeting provided a venue for 53 scientific presentationstogether with intensive training and discussion among Novalis Circle members.
"Novalis Circle offers clinicians a high powered network that promotescommunication, clinical collaboration, development of new ideas and treatmenttechniques, and joint scientific research to improve results achieved withradiosurgery," said Dr. De Salles, who was the first physician in the world touse the Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery system in 1998.
Discussions focused heavily on frameless stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)and the benefits of the Novalis Tx platform. Frameless SRS involves thecreation of a non-invasive facemask cast from the patient's face and head tostabilize the patient and prevent movement during treatments. Framelesspatient positioning using Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) makes treatmentfaster without compromising the high precision.
The next International Conference of the Novalis Circle is scheduled for2010. For more information on Novalis Circle, please visithttp://www.novaliscircle.org.
About Novalis Circle
The Novalis Circle is a worldwide network of clinicians dedicated to theadvancement of radiosurgery. Novalis users represent the leading edge inradiosurgery and their participation in the Novalis Circle represents theirstrong commitment to improving healthcare. The Novalis Circle provides acommunication and collaboration network for developing new ideas andoptimizing treatments that will continue to change the face of cancertreatment.