Jefferson University Hospitals

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

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Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Jefferson Health established the first Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) Program in the Delaware Valley. With state-of-the-art equipment, including the dedicated modern stereotactic linear accelerator (LINAC) and newest model of the Gamma Knife, ICON®, this program is one of the most advanced in the United States.

Stereotactic radiosurgery isn't "surgery" in the traditional sense, as it doesn’t require an incision. Rather, it is a precise, powerful, and painless treatment that uses targeted radiation in large doses to kill a tumor or destroy a lesion, usually in one or a few visits. SRS effectively targets problem areas, while minimizing the effects on surrounding healthy tissue.

As a noninvasive treatment option, stereotactic radiosurgery is an alternative to surgery or conventional radiation therapy, in some cases.

Conditions We Treat

There are a variety of conditions that stereotactic radiosurgery is currently used to treat, the most common being brain metastasis, or secondary brain cancer. It can also treat small benign brain tumors and other indications, including:

What Sets Us Apart

Patients coming to Jefferson Health for stereotactic radiosurgery benefit from a team approach that focuses not only on treatment, but on access to clinical research and support. Specialists from the Vickie and Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, including neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, physicists and others, are all committed to creating an individualized care plan to meet each patient’s unique needs. A multidisciplinary clinic allows patients to see their entire care team in one visit, and a nurse navigator provides support in setting up appointments and accessing additional resources.

Jefferson Health is proud to be Novalis®-certified for stereotactic radiosurgery, a distinction awarded to programs meeting the highest quality and safety standards. As one of the larger programs in the region, Jefferson Health has treated more than 5,000 patients with stereotactic radiosurgery.

Innovative Technologies & Specialized Treatments

Jefferson Health offers radiosurgery with different technology platforms, including the LINAC and Gamma Knife, ICON®.

LINAC: The TrueBeam™ STx is an advanced linear accelerator and radiosurgery treatment system. This machine uses cutting-edge, highly accurate imaging through ExacTrac®. With advanced radiation techniques, such as image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), all tumors are covered.

Gamma Knife, ICON®

High-precision stereotactic radiosurgery technologies.

Gamma Knife: Jefferson Health physicians were the first to conduct extensive research with the Gamma Knife more than 20 years ago. Today, they’re still leading the way with the ICON®, which provides ultrahigh precision, integrated imaging, and expanded treatment options. It is more flexible and easier to use than older systems, and it enables physicians to deliver a lower number of total treatments, with some patients only requiring one treatment.

These technologies have helped to improve:

  • Dose delivery and precision, reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue by 2 to 4 times compared to older systems
  • Micro-radiosurgery and integrated imaging capabilities, allowing for treatment of more complex targets than what was previously possible
  • Patient comfort through frameless approaches, expanding the range of patients and conditions that can be treated

Specialized Treatment Options

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery for multiple brain metastasis –generates consistent and concurrent radiosurgery treatments for multiple brain metastases. Allows for simultaneous treatment of all lesions, with just one set-up. Patients can typically be treated in less than 15-20 minutes, regardless of how many lesions they have
  • Frameless stereotactic radiosurgery for arteriovenous malformations – the first in the Northeast to implement a frameless treatment option for arteriovenous malformations, which improves patient comfort
  • Spine stereotactic radiosurgery – provides high-quality clinical efficiency during planning and delivery; consistent and accurate target definition; and automatic creation of precise doses
  • Ocular Tumor stereotactic radiosurgery – This system allows for real-time monitoring of eye movement. It has successfully treated all types of eye tumors, including uveal melanoma and choroidal metastasis

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a specialist at Jefferson Health.

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