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Bespoke Training Courses in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Hold a course at your own institution and let the experts come to you

​Ian Paddick has taught on Gamma Knife training courses for over 20 years - feedback has been exemplary.

​We can offer on-site courses tailored to the needs of your clinical team whether they are beginners or advanced users.

Ian Paddick with Leksell GammaPlan

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

typically 3 days

In this starter course we introduce the practice of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. This course is suitable for Neurosurgeons, Radiation Oncologists and Physicists.

Subjects include:

  • An introduction to the Gamma Knife

  • An introduction to the Leksell Stereotactic System

  • Introduction to Leksell GammaPlan®

  • Radiobiology of SRS parts 1 & 2

  • Leksell Gamma Knife® IconTM technical demonstration

  • Margins

  • Physics Applicable to Leksell Gamma Knife®

  • Hands-on Leksell GammaPlan®

  • A Comparison of the Leksell Gamma Knife® with other platforms

  • The use of the mask versus frame with Gamma Knife Icon

Gamma Knife upgrade training with Medical Physics Limited

Gamma Knife Icon Upgrade

2 days

The Gamma Knife Icon allows users to exploit the on-board CBCT for both frame and mask patient treatments. However, optimal training can significantly enhance its use and open up the flexibility of the system.

Subjects include​:

  • Introduction to Leksell GammaPlan and SW2020

  • Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon technical demonstration

  • Margins

  • Physics Applicable to Leksell Gamma Knife Icon: QA procedures

  • Hands-on Leksell GammaPlan

  • A Comparison of the Leksell Gamma Knife® with other platforms

  • The use of the mask versus frame with Gamma Knife Icon

  • Optimising the use of Lightning

  • Tips and Tricks for Icon

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Advanced Treatment Planning

typically 2.5 days

The art of treatment planning for the Gamma Knife is greatly misunderstood, and the quality of treatment plans vary dramatically from centre to centre.
 
In this course we will teach advanced techniques to optimise conformity and gradient, while optimising treatment time.
 
Feedback for this course has been consistently excellent.

Subjects include:

  • Efficiency in Treatment Planning

  • Metrics used in Treatment Planning

  • Use of MRI in Radiosurgery

  • Radiobiology of Radiosurgery

  • Margins

  • Protecting Organs at Risk

  • Optimising the use of Lightning

  • GammaPlan Tips and Tricks

Gamma Knife Perfexion training with Ian Paddick

Gamma Knife Perfexion Upgrade

2 days

For departments that have only used Gamma Knife Model U, B, 4 or 4C, The Perfexion can be a huge challenge to get used to. Ian has over 14 year's experience using the Perfexion and can show your team how to get the most out of this outstanding device. 

Subjects include:

  • Technical Aspects

  • Treatment Planning

  • Protecting Organs At Risk

  • Imaging for Radiosurgery

  • Radiobiological considerations

  • Tips and Tricks for Perfexion

Gamma Knife training with Ian Paddick

Gamma Knife Refresher

typically 2 days

This on-site course is ideal for staff who would like an update in the practice of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. Attendees have really valued the time spent discussing key subjects which include Image distortion, margins and the use for mask versus frame.

Subjects include:

  • Introduction to latest version of Leksell GammaPlan

  • Radiobiology of SRS parts 1 & 2

  • Margins

  • Physics Applicable to Leksell Gamma Knife®

  • Hands-on Leksell GammaPlan®

  • A Comparison of the Leksell Gamma Knife® with other platforms

  • The use of the mask versus frame with Gamma Knife Icon

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Clinical Audit

2 days

Want to improve your department but don't know how?
Ian will visit your department, performing a clinical audit for one day.
 
On the second day, a presentation of the audit results will be given, followed by a series of lectures tailored to the needs of the department, as revealed by the audit.
 
This type of training gets excellent feedback, as it's targeted at weaknesses in the clinical service, leaving the positive aspects to stay put.

Subjects include:

  • Audit Results - what your department is doing right, opportunities for your department to improve

  • Tips and Tricks