Gamma Knife Treatment for Inoperable Brain Tumors
Introduced more than 50 years ago, Gamma Knife radiosurgery has been used to treat more than 500,000 patients in over 270 centers around the world. It is the most established and extensively studied technique for delivering safe and effective radiosurgery treatments for a variety of conditions. Among neurosurgeons, it has long been the "Gold Standard" for radio surgery in the brain because of its unparalleled precision.
Augusta University Gamma Knife Center’s expertise is well established and widely recognized. Since our opening over a decade ago, the Center has safely and successfully treated over 1,100 patients from throughout the Southeast. Our Center is part of the Neuroscience Center of Excellence at Augusta University and is one of less than 75 such Centers in the country. Augusta University Gamma Knife Center is also the only unit in Georgia affiliated with a children’s hospital.
How Gamma Knife Works
Gamma Knife is not a knife at all, but an ultra-precise computer-guided technology that targets tumors or other abnormalities with therapeutic beams of radiation. There is no incision for this outpatient procedure. The Gamma Knife allows neurosurgeons to deliver this therapeutic radiation to a very precise area within the brain, sparing healthy surrounding tissue. The procedure uses hundreds of beams of radiation focused on the exact location of the abnormality, but no single beam is strong enough to harm the tissue it passes through. Gamma Knife is a neurosurgery technology that uses a one-time superdose of targeted radiation to destroy brain tumors or other brain disorders that are difficult or impossible to treat through methods that are more traditional. Read more about the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at the Augusta University Neuroscience Center.
No Incision, No Hospitalization for Gamma Knife Surgery
The outpatient surgery is performed by a Gamma Knife surgery team led by an experienced neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist with years of experience in Gamma Knife surgery. More than 50 years of clinical use demonstrate the advantages of the Gamma Knife for select brain cancer patients.
Here’s what to expect during Gamma Knife surgery for the simple outpatient procedure.
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