Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
The department has been an innovator in the area of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). SRS is a method of treating lesions in the brain and at the skull base, with a highly concentrated dose of x-rays, by aiming radiation beams only at the target and not the surrounding brain. A very powerful dose can be delivered while making a risk of complications minimal. Drs. Gandhi, Goldstein and Liu use the latest radiosurgical planning system developed by Radionics Incorporated, known as X-Knife RT, in conjunction with two linear accelerators (LINAC). With this technology, the doctors are able to target the area of interest, as well as avoid radiation to critical parts of the brain. SRS is used to treat patients with a large variety of conditions, including gliomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, other schwannomas, trigeminal neuralgia, and arterial venous malformations.
The Center for Image-Guided Surgery is dedicated to providing patients with the latest advances in neurosurgical technology. What these methods have in common are the incorporation of cutting edge imaging modalities, including intraoperative MRI, high-field strength MRI, and functional imaging into the treatment plan and surgical procedure itself. As part of our mission to advance the field of image-guided neurosurgery, we work in conjunction with other departments at UMDNJ, other leading medical centers, and various high-tech companies on a number of projects.
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