Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at University Hospitals
Gamma Knife technology is a non-invasive treatment option for neurological and ENT-related conditions that delivers powerful radiation to precisely targeted areas. At University Hospitals, this incredibly accurate neurosurgical procedure is used to treat brain and nervous system tumors, as well as movement disorders.
Conditions Treated by Gamma Knife
Radiosurgery experts at UH use Gamma Knife to treat:
- Malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) brain tumors
- Acoustic neuromas
- Movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor
How It Works
Gamma Knife technology offers hope to many who were previously considered poor candidates for traditional surgery because of advanced age or poor health, or who had tumors that were considered untreatable. We also use the Gamma Knife to treat tumors or lesions in areas of the brain that are inaccessible to the surgeon's knife or so close to vital structures that conventional surgery cannot be considered. Gamma Knife's sophisticated technology uses powerful cobalt gamma radiation that precisely target the area being treated while protecting surrounding, healthy tissue. It limits side effects, while promoting better results and faster healing.
The Most Advanced Gamma Knife Technology
At University Hospitals, we offer Perfexion™ technology, which is the most advanced Gamma Knife equipment available. It ensures the best possible results in the least amount of time for a wide range of patients. This state-of-the-art technology upgrade is expected to boost the number of patients that will benefit from Gamma Knife advanced technology by more than 40 percent.
Advantages for Patients
Advantages of Gamma Knife radiosurgery include:
- The treatment is completely noninvasive, without incisions or anesthesia.
- Results are comparable to and sometimes better than conventional surgery.
- Gamma Knife is suitable for patients of all ages, regardless of coexisting conditions.
UH Gamma Knife Team
The Gamma Knife team includes the following highly trained specialists:
- Radiation oncologist
- Radiation technologist
- Gamma Knife certified nursing staff
- Other essential support personnel