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  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a new technique for treating certain diseases in brain without conventional brain surgery without making an incision. This technique targets small doses of radiation to a single location from several directions. Generally, only one treatment is required. Traditional radiation therapy requires multiple treatments with time between treatments so that the tissue surrounding the affected area can heal.

    This procedure, stereotactic radiosurgery, which takes about half a day and generally does not require an overnight hospital stay, has impacted significantly on the treatment of certain intracranial lesions including a number of vascular lesions such as arteriovenous malformation and both benign and malignant brain tumors.

    Diseases treated by radiosurgery include the following:

    • Acoustic neuromas
    • Benign tumors including many unresectable meningiomas
    • Pituitary tumors and craniopharyngiomas
    • Metastatic malignant brain tumors
    • Malignant tumors of the cranial base and gliomas such as anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme
    • Arterial venous malformations
    • Trigeminal neuralgia

    Indications for the use of radiosurgery have grown in the last five years and it has been found effective for treating disorders that have otherwise been considered inaccessible by conventional or on those patients for whom conventional procedures are deemed medically inadvisable.

    Our team utilizes the Robert R. Smith Gamma Knife Center to perform stereotactic radiosurgery.