The Valley Hospital is among the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon™, which enables Valley’s neuro-oncology team to treat virtually any location in the brain with ultrahigh precision, minimal effect to healthy tissue and a frameless alternative for select patients.
Patients with certain types of benign and malignant brain tumors, or patients whose medical conditions preclude surgery, may benefit from Gamma Knife Icon treatment. The technology is used by Valley’s treatment team to perform stereotactic radiosurgery, a non-invasive, outpatient option that often replaces the need for whole-brain radiation therapy.
The Icon replaces the Gamma Knife Perfexion unit and is a major technological upgrade – it’s the very latest Gamma Knife technology. During Icon treatment, up to 192 radiation beams are precisely directed to one or several intracranial lesions. The source of radiation is cobalt, and the shape and dose of the radiation is optimized to focus on the exact point desired, with little to virtually no damage to healthy tissue or nearby critical structures.
The Icon has additional features that enable treatment of previously challenging tumors, including large lesions or those abutting very sensitive areas such as the optic chiasm (an area in the brain where nerves to the eyes cross over each other).
Features such as advanced motion management and imaging capabilities enable frameless (mask-based) treatments for select Icon patients. The Icon also provides the flexibility for single-dose administration or a fractionated approach (multiple sessions over time), which can enable treatment of larger tumors, those close to critical brain structures and new or recurring brain metastases. In short, multi-fraction and mask-based radiosurgery with the Icon expands the range of treatment possibilities, allowing more patients to be treated than with the previous Perfexion model.
The Gamma Knife is not a “knife” at all, and no incisions are made. There is no overnight stay in the hospital or extended recuperation period. Learn about other benefits of Gamma Knife treatment.
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the United States to offer the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon — the latest technology for the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors and neurological conditions in the brain.