Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program
Jefferson established the first Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program in the Delaware Valley, which included the first world installation of a linear accelerator designed for and dedicated to stereotactic radiosurgery and a newer technique pioneered by the physicians at Jefferson called fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy. This program is now one of the most advanced in the U.S.
Stereotactic radiosurgery isn't "surgery" in the traditional sense. Rather, it is the one-time application of a single large radiation dose – or fraction – to a tumor or tangle of abnormal blood vessels known as an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). The radiation effectively targets the problem area while minimizing the effects on surrounding healthy tissue.;
Featuring a multidisciplinary team from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, the Program combines the expertise of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-oncologists, radiologists, radiation physicists, neurologists and specially trained nurses and technologists.
Pioneering the Use of Minimally Invasive Technology
Jefferson was first in the Delaware Valley to offer such minimally invasive technologies as fractionated stereotactic radiosurgery, Gamma Knife, Shaped Beam Surgery™, a stereotactic-dedicated linear accelerator (also known as LINAC) and minimally invasive neurosurgery utilizing a robotically controlled microscope.
The dedicated LINAC is also used in combination with Shaped Beam Surgery™ to treat difficult and hard-to-reach tumors, such as meningiomas, tumors of the pituitary gland, acoustic nerve and spine, as well as recurrent brain tumors.