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A 37-year-old member asked:

is stereotactic surgery same as gamma knife surgery?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Stereotactic surgery is usually a minimally invasive procedure using x-ray and computers to locate a spot or lesion to perform a needle biopsy through a very small incision. Gamma knife is a non-invasive procedure to deliver very carefully a high dose of radiation therapy with specialized equipment to treat a lesion or tumor with no incision.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
All Gamma Knife GK procedures are stereotacti surgery SRS. but all SRS is not GK. GK is done only head and neck, single fraction 201 cobalt-60 beamlets one or more isocenter. SRS uses other equipment, can be one to 10 treatments, fewer beams, converging on a a imaging defined target volume
Apr 9, 2012
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper commented
General Surgery 52 years experience
I hate to quible, but what are you talking about? I am familiar with the technology and I don't understand a thing you said. Answer the question so the person knows what you are talking about. Not all of us graduated from Harvard with Obama. Sorry to be snotty.
Apr 11, 2012

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