Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion System Supplied by American Shared Hospital Services Begins Treating Patients at Fort Sander

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AMERICAN SHARED HOSPITAL SERVICES (NYSE AMEX:AMS), a leading provider of turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, announced today that the Leksell Gamma Knife® PerfexionTM system AMS supplied to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee has begun treating patients.

Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion (Photo: Business Wire)

Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion (Photo: Business Wire)

"We are pleased that our creative financing solutions have made it possible for Fort Sanders and Thompson Cancer Survival Center to bring their cancer patients the benefits of next-generation radiosurgery technology at an affordable price," said AMS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ernest A. Bates, M.D. The Gamma Knife® PerfexionTM has brought together physicians from multiple health systems across the Knoxville area. “Our partnership with AMS has provided an affordable option to making this technology available to patients in our region,” stated Gordon Lintz, Chief Administrative Officer of Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

About Leksell Gamma Knife® PerfexionTM

Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion is supported by efficacy and outcome data from 500,000 treated patients worldwide and thousands of peer-reviewed scientific articles, making it a proven choice for radiosurgery of the brain. According to Elekta, Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion reduces unwanted body dose to the patient by up to 100 times compared with competing technologies, which is particularly important for treatment of children and women of childbearing age, and allows for a dramatically increased treatable volume, which is expected to increase the number of patients that can benefit from Gamma Knife surgery.

About AMS

American Shared Hospital Services (www.ashs.com) provides turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services. Since 1991, AMS' creative financing solutions have enabled its clinical partners to make the latest advances in radiation oncology available to patients at an affordable price. AMS is the world leader in providing Gamma Knife® radiosurgery equipment, a non-invasive treatment for malignant and benign brain tumors, vascular malformations and trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain). The Company also offers the latest IGRT and IMRT systems, as well as its proprietary Operating Room for the 21st Century® concept. AMS also is a leader in proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT), the next great growth opportunity in radiation oncology. AMS currently is developing PBRT centers in Dayton, Ohio (Kettering Medical Center), Boston, Massachusetts (Tufts Medical Center), Orlando, Florida (Orlando Regional Healthcare) and Long Beach, California (Long Beach Memorial Medical Center), and is negotiating additional projects. AMS also owns a preferred stock investment in Still River Systems, developer of the compact Monarch 250 PBRT system, which has not yet been approved by the FDA.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may be deemed to contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and future plans of American Shared Hospital Services, which involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risks of the Gamma Knife and radiation therapy businesses, the risks of developing The Operating Room for the 21st Century program, and the risks of investing in a development-stage company, Still River Systems, Inc., without a proven product. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial condition, results of operations and future plans of American Shared Hospital Services is included in the filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2010, June 30, 2010, and September 30, 2010, and the definitive Proxy Statement for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on June 2, 2010.

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American Shared Hospital Services
Ernest A. Bates, M.D., (415) 788-5300
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
[email protected]
Berkman Associates
Neil Berkman, (310) 826-5051
[email protected]

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Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion (Photo: Business Wire)