Gamma Knife Surgery
Wisconsin's first Gamma Knife facility opened at Aurora St Luke's Medical Center in 1999. Since then, we’ve treated nearly one thousand patients for a wide range of brain tumors, malformations or functional cranium problems.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery is delivered in one treatment session over the course of one day, in the outpatient setting, and despite the name, does not use a knife. The "knife" rather, refers to the 201 radioactive Cobalt sources that focus radiation beams to a target in the brain. The target (for example, tumor or malformation) is intensely radiated but with great sparing of normal surrounding tissue.
The highly experienced Gamma Knife treatment team at Aurora St Luke's Medical Center consists of a radiation oncologist, neurosurgeon, medical physicist, radiologist, nurse and radiation therapist.