Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery uses precisely focused radiation beams and near complete immobilization to treat malignant and benign tumors in the brain and spinal cord. ARM radiation oncologists immobilize the head and intracranial contents using a frameless system and deliver the treatment with multiple, cross-firing beams. This technique allows for a very high dose of radiation with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Although it is called “radiosurgery”, there is no incision made, no bleeding and no anesthesia utilized, but the tumor or growth is often completely ablated. Treatment is delivered in one session and there are very few complications that can occur. Typical lesions and conditions that are treated with this procedure include brain metastases, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia, and other brain tumors.
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy is a similar technique, however, with it, ARM radiation oncologists can treat lesions outside of the brain, including lung tumors, head and neck tumors, abdominal tumors, and spinal metastases, And, although re-irradiation is typically not possible with external beam radiation, SBRT may allow for re-irradiation in certain cases. Contact Associates in Radiation Medicine to see if you are a candidate for this treatment.