Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hemangioblastoma Radiation

Stereotactic radiosurgery for vascular brain tumors uses a highly-focused dose of radiation directed at a small area of the vascular brain tumor. It requires specialized scanning equipment, and 3-dimensional imaging. Another name for this method is a gamma knife.

Gamma knife devices allow doctors to deliver a precise dose of radiation just to the area of the tumor. This device has a lightweight linear accelerator attached to a robotic arm. This highly-specific therapy delivers deadly doses to tumor cells with a minimal effect on surrounding brain tissue.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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