Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a distinct discipline that utilizes externally generated ionizing radiation in some instances to inactivate or eradicate (a) defined target(s) in the head and spine without the need to make an incision. The target is identified by high-resolution stereotactic imaging. Assuring the quality of care for the patient; the procedure involves a multidisciplinary team consisting of a radiation oncologist, neurosurgeon, and medical physicist.
SRS typically is performed in a single or limited number of sessions, up to a maximum of five. Technologies used to perform SRS include linear accelerators, particle beam accelerators, and multisource Cobalt 60 units. In order to enhance precision, various devices may incorporate robotics and real-time imaging.
SRS targets and treats an abnormal area. The radiation is tightly focused, which minimizes damage to nearby healthy brain and spinal cord.
- You won’t need to be put to sleep.
- The treatment does not cause pain. You lie on a table that slides into a machine that delivers radiation.
- A robotic gantry controlled by a computer moves around you. It focuses radiation precisely on the area being treated.
- The health care providers are in another room. They can see you on cameras and hear you and talk with you on microphones.
- Each treatment takes about 30 minutes.