Stereotactic radiosurgery technology is used to treat tumors, irregular nerve bundles, and malformed blood vessels with no incisions. This non-invasive treatment is performed in one or two sessions using multiple radiation beams to precisely target the problem area, while sparing healthy cells. The technology relies on computer programming and sophisticated imaging, such as MRI and CT, to accurately target the tumor, nerves and blood vessels.\nThere are two main types of radiosurgery treatment:\nWhat is Gamma Knife Radiosurgery?\nGamma Knife\u00ae radiosurgery\u00a0has been in use for decades to successfully treat thousands of patients worldwide. It is used to treat a variety of conditions in the brain. Prior to the procedure, the patient is fitted with a stereotactic frame that helps immobilize the head and enables pinpoint accuracy.\nAt UPMC, more than 13,750 patients have been successfully treated with the Gamma Knife, making UPMC a leading center for this technology.\nUPMC treats a variety of conditions using Gamma Knife technology, including:\n\nAcoustic neuromas\nBlood vessel problems like arteriovenous malformations\nBrain tumors\nEpilepsy\nNerve problems like trigeminal neuralgia\nParkinson’s\u00a0disease\nPituitary tumors\n\nWhat is the Cyberknife or Linear Accelerator?\nIn use since 1994, Cyberknife\u00a0radiosurgery can treat tumors anywhere in the body, including tumors that cannot be surgically removed. Cyberknife has a growing list of applications, including the ability to treat tumors from prostate, lung, brain, kidney, and spine cancer. A computer guides beams of radiation and is able to adjust the patient’s breathing pattern while still hitting the desired target.\nThe Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery at UPMC\u00a0is\u00a0the nation’s premier provider of Gamma Knife procedures. If you have been diagnosed with a brain or spine condition and you’d like to make an appointment, or request more information, call us at\u00a01-877-986-9862.