Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Thanks to precise tools that deliver exacting state-of-the-art radiation—Aurora Health Care offers an  advanced noninvasive neurological treatment option: CyberKnife®.

This highly precise treatment vehicle delivers 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, tthis treatment technique provides an effective option 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 this treatment method, there’s no knife, no cutting yet it works to control tumors, nerves or lesions in the brain.

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.