MOST PROVEN RADIOSURGERY TREATMENT

 

Gamma Knife. No Incision. No Hospital Stay. Documented Outcomes

Exclusively for the brain: Gamma Knife Icon is the only non-invasive radiosurgery system specifically engineered to only treat delicate brain tissue. It is the most proven radiosurgery treatment (documented outcomes). This is the only Gamma Knife Icon machine in South Africa and in Africa, located at Netcare Milpark, Johannesburg.

 

More than 80,000 patients undergo Gamma Knife surgery every year.1

Gammaknife is regarded as the Gold Standard in intracranial radiosurgery, it is preferred for its extreme accuracy, efficiency and outstanding therapeutic response.

WHAT IS GAMMAKNIFE

BRAIN SURGERY WITHOUT THE KNIFE

 

Gamma Knife is an alternative to traditional brain surgery and whole brain radiation therapy for the treatment of complex, difficult brain conditions. Leading centers around the world choose Gamma Knife for its accuracy and documented outcomes.

 

Designed specifically for the brain, Gamma Knife radiosurgery replaces the surgeon’s scalpel with multiple narrow beams of radiation targeted to a specific area. Contrary to its name, there is no knife. No incisions are involved in this proven procedure. Patients are typically in and out of the hospital in a day’s time and back to their normal routines.

 

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How does it work?

 

During Icon treatment, up to 192 radiation beams are precisely directed to one or several intracranial lesions, so the tissue where the  beams intersect receives a concentrated dose of radiation. The source of radiation is cobalt, and the shape and dose of the radiation is optimized to focus on the exact point desired without damaging healthy tissue or nearby critical structures. Depending on your diagnosis Icon may:

 

  • Destroy or stop the growth of tumors by damaging cell DNA
  • Alter function, as in the case of hormone-producing tumors in the pituitary gland or pain sensations in the trigeminal nerve
  • Generate changes in blood vessels in the brain

 

Icon can be used to treat a number of neurological disorders, including:

 

  • Benign or malignant tumors
  • Brain metastases
  • Medically refractory essential tremor
  • Recurrent glioblastomas
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Vascular malformations

ADVANTAGES OF GAMMA KNIFE

DEDICATED SYSTEM

Gamma Knife is a "dedicated system" designed exclusively and optimized to treat targets in the head.

 

NONINVASIVE

Gamma Knife does not require general anesthesia, nor does it involve the risks associated with open surgery, such as hemorrhage, infection, cerebral spinal fluid leaks or other surgical morbidities.

 

HIGHLY FOCUSED

Because the radiation delivered with Gamma Knife is highly focused, with limited exposure of radiation to normal brain tissue, published reports describe fewer side effects compared to conventional radiation therapy. Additional studies have documented that Gamma Knife delivers 2-3 times lower dose to normal structures compared to other radiosurgery devices.

 

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  • WHAT MAKES GAMMA KNIFE DIFFERENT?

    WHAT MAKES GAMMA KNIFE DIFFERENT

    Gamma Knife was developed with the philosophy that the brain is special, and where the brain is concerned, no instrument can be too refined.

     

    GENTLE CARE EXPERIENCE

     

    In typically a single outpatient session, patients receive a treatment plan and treatment. Treatment is completed in a few hours, with little to no side effects.

     

    CLINICALLY PROVEN

     

    Universally preferred. No other radiosurgery system has greater clinical acceptance. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is performed in leading hospitals around the world, with more than 70,000 patients treated every year.*

    *Source: Leksell Gamma Knife Society

     

    PIONEERING INNOVATION

     

    From its introduction as the first dedicated radiosurgery system to the countless refinements in planning and efficiency, Gamma Knife has set a standard of care that other radiosurgery systems seek to emulate.

     

    EXCLUSIVELY BRAIN

     

    Gamma Knife is not a one-size-fits-all technology. It is solely focused on the brain, and only the brain. In fact, Gamma Knife is the only non-invasive radiosurgery system specifically engineered to treat delicate brain tissue.

     

    MICROSCOPIC ACCURACY

     

    Multiple beams deliver the exact prescribed dose to the target areas while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.

  • IS GAMMAKNIFE RIGHT FOR ME?

    IS GAMMAKNIFE RIGHT FOR ME

    A HIGH DOSE OF EVIDENCE

    More studies have been done on Gamma Knife® than all other stereotactic radiosurgery systems combined. Over 300 centers worldwide prefer Gamma Knife for brain radiosurgery. Gamma Knife® can be used for:

     

    Tumors

    Brain Metastases

    Acoustic Neuroma Vestibular Schwannoma

    Meningioma Glioblastoma

    Pituitary Adenoma

     

    Vascular

    Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)

     

    Pain & Movement DISORDERS

    Essential Tremor

    Trigeminal Neuralgia

     

  • PATIENTS STORIES

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MOST PROVEN RADIOSURGERY TREATMENT

 

Gamma Knife. No Incision. No Hospital Stay. Documented Outcomes

 

Exclusively for the brain: Gamma Knife Icon is the only non-invasive radiosurgery system specifically engineered to only treat delicate brain tissue. It is the most proven radiosurgery treatment (documented outcomes). This is the only Gamma -Knife Icon machine in South Africa and in Africa, located at Netcare Milpark, Johannesburg.

 

 

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