The Fort Sanders Regional Gamma Knife Center features the newest and most-advanced Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion unit, a non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery procedure used to treat brain tumors and other neurological disorders.
Located at Thompson Cancer Survival Center, the Gamma Knife program uses the latest in diagnostic imaging and three-dimensional treatment planning software to deliver 192 finely-focused beams of gamma radiation to small targets inside the brain. The beams converge at a point to treat the affected tissue, while minimizing the damage of healthy brain tissue.
The Gamma Knife Perfexion is an alternative or supplemental treatment to traditional brain surgery. Neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient and their disease or disorder.
Gamma Knife Perfexion Advantages
. The Gamma Knife Perfexion, a non-invasive radiosurgical tool, delivers sophisticated treatment plans in significantly less time, expands treatment capabilities to cover a wider range of indications, and provides automated functions requiring little involvement by the patient.
. Gamma Knife is an alternative or supplemental treatment to traditional brain surgery. The procedure typically is performed in a single outpatient treatment session with considerably reduced treatment times and minimized surgical complications.
. Gamma Knife is used to precisely target brain tumors and disorders with finely-focused radiation beams that minimize damage of healthy
Common treatments include:
- Metastatic Brain Tumors (single/multiple)
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Acoustic Neuromas
- Pituitary Tumors
The Gamma Knife procedure typically is performed in a single outpatient treatment session with considerably shorter treatment times and minimized surgical complications. Most patients leave the center the same day.
With a new innovative design including full automation, the Gamma Knife Perfexion is the most advanced Gamma Knife unit available on the market today.
For more information, please call Fort Sanders Gamma Knife Center Coordinator Rita Latour at (865) 541-4000.