Gamma Knife® is used to treat a variety of conditions and disorders that affect the brain. For years, open-skull brain surgery was the only option for many patients with malignant or benign brain tumors. Sometimes, due to location of a tumor or lesion, even open surgery was not an option.
Gamma Knife uses a highly precise therapeutic dose of radiation to target areas of the brain while minimizing the impact on the normal brain tissues. It can be used to treat benign and malignant tumors as well as a variety of brain conditions and functional disorders.
The procedure offers hope for many brain tumor patients who have formerly inoperable conditions and for patients whose age or other medical conditions would normally prevent surgery. The technology also may be used in conjunction with open-skull brain surgery. At South Sound Gamma Knife the conditions we treat include:
Acoustic neuroma — A rare, non-cancerous tumor in the skull that affects the inner ear.
Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)— Defects in the circulatory system composed of a tangle of arteries and veins in the brain.
Brain tumors — An abnormal mass of tissue in the brain. Brain tumors may be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous).
Essential tremor — A condition in which the hands are usually still at rest, but performing a simple task, such as picking up a glass of water, can cause uncontrollable shaking or difficulty.
Metastatic tumors — Metastatic tumors treated by Gamma Knife are brain tumors caused by cancer spreading from another organ or area of the body.
Pituitary adenomas —The most common type of pituitary tumor – this is a benign, slow growing tumor that starts in the pituitary gland.
Trigeminal neuralgia — A cranial nerve disorder that causes bursts of intense facial pain.