Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Riverside Health System and the University of Virginia have partnered to establish the Radiosurgery Center in Newport News, Va.
The Radiosurgery Center offers two advanced forms of stereotactic radiosurgery currently being used for non-invasive treatment of malignant and benign tumors in the brain and other areas of the body. Stereotactic refers to a minimally invasive form of surgical intervention using a three dimensional coordinant system to precisely deliver radiation to targets inside the body. In the case of brain surgery, an external, three-dimensional head frame attached to the patient completely immobilizes the patient's head in order to achieve unparalleled accuracy and precision of this image guided technology. Stereotactic radiosurgery enables most patients to have less invasive surgery, avoid long hospital stays and greatly reduces their recovery time. Learn more about stereotactic radiosurgery.
Radiosurgery procedures on the brain are performed using Gamma Knife®, considered one of the most advanced non-invasive neurosurgical tools available. The Gamma Knife® allows a surgeon to perform brain surgery without a scalpel and without cutting the skull. Instead, the Gamma Knife® treatment uses 201 highly focused beams of Cobalt-60 radiation that intersect at a tumor site to produce biological effects on tissues inside the skull. Because of its exceptional precision, treatment is typically carried out in a single sitting and potential damage to healthy surrounding tissue is minimized. This Gamma Knife® radiosurgical treatment has an impressive scientific track record with thousands of peer-reviewed articles. No other non-invasive treatment method in this field has greater clinical acceptance in the world.
For the past 20 years, physicians at the University of Virginia Health System have helped shape the field of radiosurgery. In 1989, UVA became one of the first medical centers in the U.S. to offer Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Since then, more than 8,000 patients from every state in the U.S. and 54 countries have come to Charlottesville for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Riverside Regional Medical Center began offering Gamma Knife radiosurgery in partnership with UVA in 2006.
In addition to the Gamma Knife®, which is used to treat both malignant and non-malignant brain tumors and other brain diseases, the Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center also uses the Synergy S® system, which was developed for areas of the body as well as some tumors of the brain. The Synergy S® System combines a linear accelerator with a specialized, real-time imaging system that enables clinicians to more precisely target radiation to tumors or lesion sites, including the base of the skull, spine, neck, chest, lungs, pancreas, liver and adrenal gland.
Both of these technologies are rooted in precisely delivered beams of radiation rather than incisions. Procedures are nearly painless and patients recover much faster than with conventional surgery.
The capability to provide cancer treatment for the whole body in one facility makes The Chesapeake Regional, Riverside and University of Virginia Radiosurgery Center a true Center of Excellence for radiosurgery and radiotherapy, treating patients from around the world. It is a valuable health resource for the region and beyond.
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