In July 2018 we upgraded our Gamma Knife Perfexion to the game-changing Gamma Knife Icon. The center is the only in Alaska to offer this radiosurgery platform that enables unprecedented precision in the treatment of brain tumors while protecting healthy brain. Highlighting a few of Gamma Knife Icon’s innovations, are its new imaging capabilities and comfortable mask-based immobilization This new technology expands our capabilities and allows us to perform fractionated (treatment in multiple sessions) radiosurgery when medically appropriate.
Gamma Knife Icon is the newest radiosurgery system available to patients for treatment of brain tumors, brain metastases and brain disorders. It is a radiosurgeon’s tool dedicated to treat the brain and upper spine and neck. Alaska Gamma Knife Center at Anchorage Radiation Therapy Center is the only medical facility in Alaska providing this effective treatment option for patients with brain disease.
Gamma Knife has become the new gold standard for cranial radiosurgery, providing a level of accuracy and precision in the treatment of brain tumors, vascular malformations, acoustic neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia and other brain disorders that is superior to any other radiosurgery system. At the same time, the radiation dose to normal brain and to other parts of the body is far lower than any other radiosurgery system. Doses of radiation can be delivered to multiple target areas in one session, avoiding the need to move the patient or adjust the machine. This reduces the time a patient has to spend undergoing treatment.
The painless treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis and requires no general anesthesia. Most patients resume normal activities within a day of treatment.
With Gamma Knife radiosurgery, there is improvement in the quality of life for many more patients with serious neurological conditions.
Gamma Knife is the Gold Standard of radiosurgery systems as documented in more peer-reviewed medical literature than all other systems combined.