Our 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 or for those who are not eligible for brain surgery. Gamma Knife enables us to precisely deliver very focused radiation to the problem area, while sparing surrounding tissue. The Gamma Knife remains the gold standard machine for radiosurgical treatment of brain lesions because, unlike linear accelerator (LINAC) based systems including the Cyberknife, the Gamma Knife has few moving parts. This eliminates many sources of inaccuracy and unreliability.
The skilled 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 highly focused radiation. Patients can be treated in a single, outpatient treatment visit, with minimal side effects. Gamma Knife can be used for both children and adults who meet the criteria for treatment with this advanced technology.
Conditions we treat with Gamma Knife include:
- Brain Metastases – most commonly from lung cancer, melanoma, breast cancer, colon cancer, renal cell cancer and gynecological and genito-urinary cancers
- Benign Brain Tumors – such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas (i.e., vestibular schwannomas) and pituitary adenomas
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Trigeminal neuralgia
We also have experience treating:
- Intraocular melanoma
- Head and neck cancers such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma
- Recurrent malignant primary brain tumors
- Glomus jugulare tumors
- Essential tremor (thalamotomy with Gamma Knife)