1. GammaTiles Help Prevent Recurrence of Malignant Brain Tumors After Surgery

    GammaTiles Help Prevent Recurrence of Malignant Brain Tumors After Surgery

    GT Medical Technologies, a company based in Tempe, Arizona, won FDA clearance for its GammaTiles to be used to prevent malignant brain tumors in newly diagnosed patients. The devices, about the size of a postage stamp, contain Cesium-131, a radioactive isotope with a half life of about ten days.

    The collagen material within which the radioactive seeds are placed is resorbable by the body and doesn’t require a separate extraction procedure. This surgically targeted radiation therapy procedure was recently made available in a few hospitals for patients with recurrent brain tumors, but the new indication makes the devices, a rare new treatment, available for new cases.

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