At Staten Island University Hospital, we use Brainlab/ExacTrac stereotactic radiosurgery to treat cancers of the brain, as well as non-cranial lesions that require a high degree of precision, such as those in the lungs and liver.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is not surgery. Rather, it is a highly precise form of radiation therapy.
With Brainlab/ExacTrac, radiation beams can be shaped to encompass the exact contour of the tumor or lesion, even if it is irregularly formed. Sophisticated software calculates the ideal access points to the tumor or lesion and defines the treatment plan.
During radiation therapy, a patient lies down on a special ExacTrac treatment bed which monitors and adjusts for patient movement and respiration. The Brainlab radiation source moves around the patient's body penetrating the tumor or lesion from different angles.
Brainlab delivers targeted radiation while greatly limiting exposure to surrounding healthy tissue, reducing potential damage to delicate structures such as the brainstem or spinal cord.
The treatment is typically delivered in less than 30 minutes on an outpatient basis.
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Who is a candidate for treatment?
Brainlab/ExacTrac stereotactic radiosurgery can treat intracranial tumors, extracranial tumors as well as non-cancerous conditions. Some of the clinical indications include: