FAQ About Gamma Knife
Stereotactic radiosurgery, also known as stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT),
is a minimally invasive treatment for many tumors, abnormalities and functional
disorders of the brain, head or upper neck. Although called radiosurgery,
the procedure does not require a surgical incision. We call it surgery
because stereotactic radiosurgery can have the same precision and result
as open surgery, but with the advantages of a minimally invasive procedure.
What is Gamma Knife radiosurgery?
The Leksell Gamma Knife® is the gold standard for non-surgically treating
many serious neurological disorders located in the head and neck, including:
- malignant tumors
- metastatic brain tumors
- benign brain tumors, including acoustic neuromas, meningiomas and pituitary tumors
- arteriovenous malformations
- trigeminal neuralgia
Is Gamma Knife radiosurgery the right treatment for my condition?
If you have a brain tumor or other lesion or disorder of the head or neck,
the best person to determine if you are a good candidate for Gamma Knife®
radiosurgery is a practicing neurosurgeon who uses the technology. In
making a recommendation, the physician will consider the lesion type,
size and location.