MUSC Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife Center

Gamma Knife Surgery at MUSC

Gamma Knife surgery in non-invasive and does not require an incision or shaving hair. The first step in preparation is to fit the patient into the Gamma Knife helmet, or head frame. This holds the patient's head completely still while the tumor or other abnormality is precisely imaged and mapped using MRI, CT and other imaging technology. Images are downloaded to an advanced 3-D modeling simulator to complete the treatment plan.

The Gamma Knife surgery is used to treat areas in the brain including:

  • Metastatic brain tumors
  • Tumors of cranial nerves
  • Malignant pituitary/pineal tumors
  • Metastases to brain/meninges
  • Primary brain tumors: brain/nerves/meninges
  • Pituitary adenomas/craniopharyngeal tumors
  • Neoplasms of uncertain behavior
  • Cerebral/spinal meningioma
  • Glial tumors
  • Glomus neoplasm

Additionally, the Gamma Knife surgery also treats functional disorders, such as:

  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Essential Tremor
  • Epilepsy
  • Intractable pain
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

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