Gamma Knife radiosurgery uses focused radiation to target brain and pituitary tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), acoustic neuromas and other conditions. No knife or scalpel is used. Our Gamma Knife Center offers safe, effective, one-day Gamma Knife treatment.
Benefits & Safety
Gamma Knife vs. Traditional Surgery
Avoid these risks of traditional brain surgery:
- Long hospital stays
- Lengthy rehabilitation
- Damage to healthy brain tissue
- Surgical complications, like hemorrhage, infection and cerebral spinal fluid leak
- General anesthesia dangers
- Other physical trauma and disruption of normal brain function
Treatment of Choice
Gamma Knife has long been the treatment of choice for several brain conditions, especially when normal surgery fails or is not an option. Many insurance plans cover Gamma Knife treatment.
Gamma Knife Icon
For more than three decades, UVA has been a pioneer and leader in stereotactic radiosurgery. Now we are the first center in Virginia to use Icon, a major advance in Gamma Knife technology. Safe and effective, the new Icon offers even more accuracy, precision and safety than previous models.
With Icon, we can now treat patients with:
- Large tumors
- Lesions close to critical parts of the brain
- Abnormal skull anatomy
Icon offers enhanced patient safety, an improved patient experience and the ability to treat an expanded range of large lesions, due to:
- Infrared tracking
- Real-time CT imaging
- Automatic shut-off to prevent errors
Also, the ability to perform ultra-precise microradiosurgery with Icon allows for treatment without the head frame required by previous Gamma Knife versions.
Learn more about Gamma Knife at UVA.