Radiation Oncology

Gamma Knife

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The Gamma Knife Icon at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital utilizes beams of highly focused Co-60 gamma rays to treat benign and malignant tumors. Physicians from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have extensive experience in performing Gamma Knife procedures for brain metastasespituitary tumorsmeningiomasacoustic neuroma, arteriovenous malformation, and trigeminal neuralgia.

Program Overview

Our team of cancer specialists work alongside physicians from the Spine Center and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute to deliver high-quality care for people with tumors of the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). We bring the latest evidence-based methods for diagnosis and treatment from the research lab to our patients.

Gamma Knife Icon utilizes cone-beam CT imaging to verify patient positioning before frameless treatments. During treatments, the High Definition Motion Management (HDMM) system continuously tracks the movements of the patient to ensure submillimeter precision.

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Gamma Knife Treatment

Benefits of the Gamma Knife Icon include:

  • Limited radiation exposure to healthy brain, head tissue, and cranial nerves
  • Ultra-precise stereotactic radiosurgery without using a restrictive headframe (as was required with previous models)
  • A more comfortable patient experience, including shorter treatment times
  • Ability to spread treatments over several days to protect neighboring tissues if necessary
  • Treatment of more patients with brain metastases in place of whole brain radiation
  • Treating larger tumors and AVMs, which previously were not treated with the Gamma Knife