Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Gamma Knife used for?
The Gamma Knife is used to treat small–to medium–sized brain abnormalities such as:

  • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Functional disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Acoustic Neuromas

How does it work?

  • Precisely focuses 192 cobalt–60 beams which converge on the target area
  • Special software provides accurate, computerized treatment planning
  • An Automated Positioning System (APS) helps position both the head frame and the patient

What are the benefits of Gamma Knife® surgery?

  • No incision
  • No bleeding
  • Low risk of infection
  • Treatment is painless and no overnight hospital stay is required, unlike traditional surgery
  • No general anesthesia is required
  • Fits your busy life – patients return to normal activities the day after treatment, rather than spending weeks healing and possible follow–up radiation and/or chemotherapy

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