Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Thanks to precise tools that deliver exacting state-of-the-art radiation—Aurora Health Care offers you two advanced noninvasive neurological treatment options: CyberKnife® and Gamma Knife®.

These highly precise treatment vehicles deliver customized radiation doses to treat a variety of brain disorders with surgical precision—but without the surgery. Radiosurgery can address conditions like movement disorders, facial pain, tumors and lesions in the head and spine.

Called stereotactic radiosurgery, these treatment techniques provide effective options for treating your brain disorders. Using these highly focused radiation beams, these beams target specific areas of the brain for effective treatment with less damage to normal tissue. The precise radiation beams come from the front, back and side of your head destroying the targeted tissue a doctor would otherwise need to remove with a scalpel during an operation. With these treatment methods, there’s no knife, no cutting yet it works to control tumors, nerves or lesions in the brain.  Whether your doctor recommends CyberKnife or Gamma Knife treatments depends on your disease; however, Gamma Knife treatments are limited to your head while CyberKnife may treat tumors and other conditions in other parts of the body.

Gamma Knife Surgery

In 1999, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center opened Wisconsin's first Gamma Knife facility. Since then, we’ve treated nearly one thousand patients for a wide range of brain tumors, malformations or functional cranium problems.

We deliver Gamma Knife radiosurgery in one treatment session in one day—in the outpatient setting. The target (for example, tumor or malformation) is intensely radiated at precise points where they’re needed while sparing normal surrounding tissue. Your head fits in a frame to ensure the targeted radiation hits the exact area necessary for your treatment.

The highly experienced Gamma Knife treatment team at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center consists of a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, medical physicist, dosimetrist, radiologist, nurse and radiation therapist.

Uses for GammaKnife include:

  • Brain tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Acoustic neuromas

CyberKnife Radiosurgery

Aurora St Luke's Medical Center offered Wisconsin's first CyberKnife radiosurgery system and began treating patients with this innovative treatment tool in March 2006.

CyberKnife’s robotic arm moves around your body delivering radiation with guidance by MRI imaging technology. This highly innovative technology is comprised of image-guidance technology and precise robotic mechanics that deliver treatment within an accuracy of 1mm through a robotic arm that can be moved in six different positions. CyberKnife radiosurgery treatment consists of one to five sessions, all given in the outpatient setting, with each session requiring only 30–120 minutes total time.

You’ll benefit from a treatment team of specialists, including a neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist and neurologist.

For neurological treatments, CyberKnife may be used to treat conditions such as tumors of the brain and spine and trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that causes facial pain; and epilepsy, a disorder that causes seizures. It may also be used to close off arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), abnormal blood vessels that disrupt blood flow to the brain. The CyberKnife radiosurgery system treats cancers in other parts of the body.

For more information, call 888-444-0289.