Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
For patients diagnosed with a brain tumor, Gamma Knife radiosurgery is an alternative to traditional surgery.
Despite its name, Gamma Knife is not a knife at all. With a Gamma Knife procedure, there is no incision, no blood and virtually no pain. Gamma Knife refers to the name of the machine that is used to treat tumors. The Gamma Knife machine uses 201 targeted beams of radiation to destroy tumors with unmatched precision. Healthy tissue surrounding tumors is spared. The procedure is so accurate that it is considered to be as good as surgery, or better.
We offer Gamma Knife radiosurgery at Winship at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
Radiation can be used as a stand-alone treatment, and often it is the only treatment needed. Radiation is also used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy and other targeted therapies. For example, doctors can use radiation before surgery to shrink a tumor or after surgery to stop the growth of remaining cancer cells.
Visit Winship Cancer Institute to explore all our multidisciplinary treatment options at Emory University.