Radiation Therapy with Gamma Knife

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Connecticut's only Gamma Knife Center, offering treatment without traveling to New York or Boston
  • Pioneers in use of the Gamma Knife for multiple metastases (more than five lesions in one patient), which used to rule out this treatment
  • Treating a high volume of patients provides a higher level of experience and expertise

The Gamma Knife is a noninvasive, incredibly precise tool for administering radiation, usually to brain and skull-base tumors, blood vessel abnormalities and cases of neuralgia. 

Doctors are able to meticulously focus the radiation, destroying tumors without harming nearby tissue in one of the body’s most sensitive spots—the brain.

At Yale Medicine, we have the only Gamma Knife center in the state of Connecticut. The Yale Medicine Gamma Knife program sees a high volume of patients—about 350 annually—and has for many years. "That has given us depth and breadth of experience, even in rare cancers," says James Yu, MD, co-director of the program.