Gamma Knife for Referring Physicians 2017-01-28T09:41:34+00:00

For Referring Physicians

Gamma Knife Perfexion Physician

Gamma Knife technology has become a vital treatment option we offer at UAMS for select patients diagnosed with a variety of brain diseases, including:

  • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Vascular malformations in the brain
  • Functional disorders of the brain such as trigeminal neuralgia

Gamma Knife treatment provides a variety of benefits for patients, including:

  • A safe, FDA approved treatment option with over 40 years of clinical use and 3,000 peer-reviewed clinical studies supporting its use
  • A noninvasive method that allows for full cranial reach including the skull base
  • A quick, one session, outpatient treatment that does not interrupt ongoing chemotherapy, allowing patients to come from any area of the state and return home quickly
  • Fast return to pretreatment activities with little or no rehabilitative services required
  • A procedure covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare

The UAMS Gamma Knife Center has helped over 900 patients with a variety of brain diseases by offering this unique, noninvasive treatment option not available elsewhere in the state of Arkansas. Gamma Knife is an excellent treatment option for patients who:

    • Have disease that is surgically inaccessible
    • Possess risk factors or other co-morbidities that make surgery or general anesthesia inadvisable
    • Have residual or recurrent disease following surgery

<li>Have had other therapies and still require additional treatment to control the disease process

  • Do not wish to undergo surgery or other forms of radiation therapy

 

Our multidisciplinary team, which consists of a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and physicist with specialty Gamma Knife training, meets with other UAMS specialists to discuss each case’s appropriateness for treatment during our Gamma Knife Case Conference.

What is Gamma Knife?

What diseases/conditions can be treated using the Gamma Knife?

Gamma Knife Patient Guide

If you have any questions about  Gamma Knife treatment or would like to have a patient case reviewed for potential Gamma Knife treatment, simply contact our Gamma Knife Coordinator Karen Baxter-Rhoades via phone at 501-603-1800 or email at BaxterrhoadesKarenL@uams.edu.