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Gamma Knife Center

Gamma Knife Center

The Augusta University Gamma Knife Center uses the most advanced technology available for performing radiosurgery - the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ with Extend™ technology - we are one of only 10 sites in the United States that uses this state-of-the-art equipment.

Gamma Knife Center

The Augusta University Gamma Knife Center uses the most advanced technology available for performing radiosurgery - the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ with Extend™ technology - we are one of only 10 sites in the United States that uses this state-of-the-art equipment.

About

Gamma knife radiosurgery is a targeted form of radiation therapy that earned its name because of its scalpel-like precision. Gamma knife surgery is an effective noninvasive treatment that can be used on both adults and children. The gamma knife can be utilized alone or in conjunction with traditional therapies and offers new hope to patients with brain disorders and conditions that are too difficult, or too dangerous, to treat with standard brain surgery.

Skilled neurosurgeons at Augusta University Health are able to apply this advanced technology to destroy brain tumors or malformed blood vessels without opening the skull. Treatment is simple, painless, and fast, and can usually be performed without anesthesia. Often, the patient's family can accompany them during the majority of the procedure and patients can usually return to their preoperative lifestyle the same day.

Augusta University Gamma Knife Center is one of 72 gamma knife health care centers in the country.

Gamma knife surgery provides several advantages over traditional ways of treating difficult brain tumors and other disorders:

  • It's a safer, minimally invasive procedure, with no incision or opening of the skull
  • There is very little discomfort
  • No general anesthesia needed, except for children
  • Typically done on an outpatient basis
  • No risk of infection, hemorrhage, spinal fluid leakage or adverse reactions to general anesthesia
  • Greater accuracy and reliability
  • Less expensive than conventional neurosurgery
  • Eliminates lengthy post-surgical hospital stays and disabilities, and minimizes rehabilitation costs

Gamma Knife is used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Primary brain tumors
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Blood vessel abnormalities such as ArterioVenous Malformations (AVMs)
  • Certain chronic pain syndromes
  • Parkinson's disease & essential tremors
  • Epilepsy (related to certain tumors or vascular malformations)
  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Tumors of the skull base, throat, and upper neck
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Johnson, Theodore Samuel, MD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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