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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery


Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

The Augusta University Gamma Knife Center uses the most advanced equipment available - the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ with Extend™ technology. This state-of-the-art equipment is used to perform radiosurgery on patients looking for precise, targeted treatment for conditions of the brain, head, and neck.


Patient recieving Gamma knife radiosurgery Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery is a targeted form of radiation therapy that earned its name because of its scalpel-like precision. Neurosurgeons at Augusta University Health use this advanced technology to destroy brain tumors and malformed blood vessels without opening the skull. Thanks to the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ with Extend™ technology, treatment is simple, painless, and fast. Often, families can accompany their loved ones during the majority of a Gamma Knife procedure. Patients typically return to their pre-operative lifestyle the same day following surgery.

Gamma Knife surgery may be the only treatment you need, but can also be done in conjunction with traditional therapies, offering new hope to patients with brain disorders that were once considered too difficult or dangerous to treat with standard surgery.

The Gamma Knife advantage

For patients who are candidates for radiosurgery, there are numerous benefits to it, including:

  • 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 stereotactic radiosurgery is used to treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Blood vessel abnormalities (such as arteriovenous malformations or AVMs)
  • Brain tumors (primary and metastatic)
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Epilepsy (related to certain tumors or vascular malformations)
  • Meningiomas
  • Parkinson's disease and essential tremors
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tumors (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

Barrett, John T., MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology

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