Debut for Swedish invention

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 February, 1995, 12:00am

HONG KONG'S new Gamma Unit Centre at the Canossa Hospital was opened last Friday.

It is the first centre in the territory where doctors can perform radio-surgery using a Gamma knife machine.

This is a non-invasive form of treatment, invented in Sweden, which uses gamma rays to remove brain tumours and other life-threatening diseases.

The centre was opened by the Consul General of Sweden, Mikael Westerlind.

Dr Ho Ting-kwok, one of the centre's joint medical director, also officiated at the opening ceremony along with Dr Leong Che-hung, a legislative councillor, Dr Dickson Chang, deputy director of the Hospital Authority, and Rolf Kjellstrom, sales and marketing director of Elekta Instrument AB, the Gamma knife manufacturers.

To mark the event, the centre held a symposium at the weekend on advances in the treatment of brain diseases.