History of the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System
Accuray designs, develops and manufactures the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. The CyberKnife was created in 1992. The founders include leading innovators in top neurosurgery, robotics and medical imaging departments.
Saint Louis University Hospital and the physicians of Saint Louis University have added the CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System to its ability to fight tumors in hard-to-treat areas. The CyberKnife represents new hope for patients with complex malignant and benign lesions of the brain, base of the skull, neck and lungs.
Currently, there are fewer than 100 CyberKnife sites in operation across the United States, including the ones at Saint Louis University Hospital and at the Lake Saint Louis Oncology H.W. Koenig Medical Building.
History of Saint Louis University Hospital
The doors to Saint Louis University Hospital first opened in 1933, operating under the name of Firmin Desloge Hospital. Initially, the hospital was founded by the Sisters of Saint Mary and overtime came under the sole operation of the Jesuits of Saint Louis University. Tenet Healthcare Corporation purchased Saint Louis University Hospital in 1998 and continues to uphold the commitment to providing quality innovative care to patients. Since the beginning, Saint Louis University Hospital has served as the teaching hospital for the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Saint Louis University School of Nursing. This has established the hospital's roots in a culture of knowledge, compassion and excellence.
From this community of healing, Saint Louis University Hospital has seen many innovations over the years. With the expert care of SLUCare physicians, the clinical practice of the physicians of Saint Louis University, many medical breakthroughs in organ transplantation, cardiac surgery and treatment of brain and lung disease have been pioneered at the hospital. Among numerous medical firsts, Saint Louis University Hospital equips physicians with the diagnostic power and treatment planning precision of the 64-slice PET/CT, 3T MRI, superDimension Bronchus Navigation System, Endobronchial Ultrasound, and the first in the region to offer the CyberKnife Stereotactic RadioSurgery System. The CyberKnife delivers high doses of focused radiation beams directly to a tumor without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
Saint Louis University Hospital was the 15th center to install and operate the CyberKnife, bringing it to St. Louis, Missouri in 2004. The CyberKnife is capable of treating hard-to-treat tumors nearly anywhere in the body. This flexibility is an option for patients with hard-to-reach, larger or previously inoperable tumors and for patients who have already undergone the maximum amount of radiation therapy allowed. Saint Louis University Hospital continues to be a leader in CyberKnife treatments, participating in 3 clinical trials to date.
Saint Louis University Hospital purchased a second CyberKnife for the St. Louis area, establishing it in the Lake Saint Louis region. The new location brings the life saving technology of the CyberKnife closer to rural Missourians.