Also called: Gamma Knife Perfexion
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a type of radiation therapy used to treat tumors and other abnormalities of the brain. During Gamma Knife radiosurgery, up to 192 different beams of radiation are focused with extreme accuracy on the tumor or area to be treated.
Using the latest diagnostic imaging and specialized 3-D treatment planning software, the neurosurgeons who provide Gamma Knife procedures at UAMS Health design a customized treatment plan. This directs the radiation beams to a specific spot, delivering the full treatment dose. This precise delivery of the radiation results in minimal damage to healthy tissues surrounding the target.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is designed to treat patients with a variety of brain conditions, including:
- Benign brain tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, pineal tumors, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and low grade glial and glomus tumors
- Malignant brain tumors such as high-grade glial tumors or glomus tumors, chondrosarcoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma
- Metastatic tumors, including single and multiple lesions
- Vascular malformations such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and cavernous malformations
- Functional disorders, including trigeminal neuralgia