Gamma Knife Center
The Yale Gamma Knife Center is the only stereotactic radiosurgery unit in Connecticut dedicated to treating head and neck conditions. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is a type of focused radiation therapy used to treat certain types of tumors or abnormalities in the brain, its covering, and nerves and blood vessels. It is an effective, noninvasive alternative to brain surgery.
Gamma Knife offers similar precision to open surgery with general anesthesia but with fewer risks and discomfort.Gamma Knife radiosurgery requires no incision and is done under local anesthesia.It is a one-day outpatient procedure and rarely requires hospitalization. Most patients return to their normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure.
The experts in our Gamma Knife Center have more than 30 years of combined experience in radiosurgery. Our team works together to deliver a strong dose of precisely focused radiation. Gamma Knife can be used for both children and adults who meet the criteria for treatment with this advanced technology.
Conditions we treat include:
- Brain metastases, most commonly from lung cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, renal cell cancer, and gynecological and genitourinary cancers
- Benign brain tumors such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas (i.e., vestibular schwannomas), and pituitary adenomas
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Intraocular melanoma
- Head and neck cancers, such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma
- Recurrent malignant primary brain tumors
- Glomus jugulare tumors
- Essential tremor (thalamotomy with Gamma Knife)