Northside Hospital Forsyth to unveil Gamma Knife® Icon™


The Neuro-Oncology Program at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute introduced the Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ unit in November of 2015 at Northside Hospital Forsyth. The addition of the Gamma Knife to the Neuro-Oncology Program was a significant benefit to patients requiring treatment of both benign and malignant brain disorders.

Gamma Knife Radio-surgery is a non-invasive alternative to traditional brain surgery. Gamma Knife has been the leading radiosurgery platform for more than 40 years, offering unparalleled accuracy in both the location and radiation dose delivered to targeted brain tissue. Gamma Knife is the only stereotactic system designed specifically to target brain tissue, and areas in which precise dose targeting is especially important for preserving brain function and minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue. The high level of precision makes Gamma Knife an increasingly used treatment option for patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors and other neurologic disorders such as severe facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia) and vascular malformations.

The Neuro-Oncology Gamma Knife Program at Northside Hospital Forsyth will introduce Elekta’s Leksell Gamma Knife Icon™ in October of 2017. The new radiosurgery system enables unprecedented precision in the frameless treatment of brain tumors. The frameless mask solution is one of several distinct features of Icon and is integrated with a high definition motion management system. Icon is the latest advance in Gamma Knife radiosurgery. The system will expand treatment to more patients and is expected to improve the efficacy or intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery with fewer side effects. Icon also provides the flexibility for single-dose administration or multiple treatment sessions over time, which enables treatment of larger tumor volume, targets close to critical brain structures, and new or recurring brain metastases.

Icon uses pretreatment MRI and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to identify precise coordinates for radiation targeting in the brain at the time of radiosurgery. This technology is especially important for patients who undergo multiple treatment sessions. The CBCT images ensure that dose and delivery area are calculated correctly for each session.

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