Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

The Roswell Park Advantage

Dheerendra Prasad, MD, M-Ch, Director of the Gamma Knife Center, has treated more than 12,000 patients with Gamma Knife radiosurgery and has trained providers of this treatment at 69 centers worldwide.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery destroys a brain tumor by zapping it with 192 intersecting gamma ray beams. This minimally invasive treatment is used to treat tumors in the brain including other cancers that have spread or metastasized to the brain from other parts of the body.

The Gamma Knife unit is also used to treat other noncancerous brain conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations. In some cases, Gamma Knife makes it possible to treat deeply embedded tumors that cannot be reached with conventional surgery.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is done as an outpatient procedure, often in a single day, and does not require general anesthesia. Treatment is delivered with no incisions, painlessly, silently, and with extreme precision. Roswell Park is the only Western New York institution equipped with a Gamma Knife. In 2018, Roswell Park treated the highest number of patients in the U.S. for a single Gamma Knife device (540).

All of Roswell Park’s board-certified neurosurgeons are trained to perform both traditional “open” surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery.

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