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Frame for Leksell Stereotactic System, Sweden, 1992-1999

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).

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