Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System

Made:
1992-1999 in Sweden
1999-981, Arc for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. 1999-982, Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. Full 1999-981, Arc for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. 1999-982, Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. Detail Group shot of 1999-982 Mounting frame for 'Leksell Stereotactic System' cranial measuring instrument by Elekta

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1999-981, Arc for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. 1999-982, Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. Full
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

1999-981, Arc for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. 1999-982, Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System, c1997. Detail
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
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Group shot of 1999-982 Mounting frame for 'Leksell Stereotactic System' cranial measuring instrument by Elekta
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Mounting frame for 'Leksell Stereotactic System' cranial measuring instrument by Elekta Instrument AB, Sweden, 1992-99.

The careful positioning of the patient’s skull is achieved with this device. The metal frame is attached to the skull using screws, and different plates can be attached to accommodate the patient’s nose and mouth. The arc is then used to accurately pinpoint areas of the brain for surgery so as not to unnecessarily damage the surrounding tissue.

Known as the Leksell Stereotactic System, the apparatus is named after its inventor, Lars Leksell (who developed the device in 1949). Leksell also set up the company Elektra Instruments AB, which made and donated this apparatus to the Science Museum’s collections. It is shown here with the arc for the system (1999-981).

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
1999-982
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), nickel plated, plastic (unidentified) and stainless steel
type:
stereotaxic apparatus
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • surgical equipment
credit:
Elekta Instrument AB