Understanding Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Published by Dr. Laurie Cuttino
Dr. Laurie Cuttino, an associate professor of radiation oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a physician on staff at Henrico Doctor's Hospital, focuses on innovative cancer treatments like gamma knife radiosurgery and accelerated partial breast irradiation. When performing gamma knife radiosurgery, experts like Dr. Laurie Cuttino use state-of-the-art technologies to focus roughly 200 radiation beams on a single point. Although each individual beam carries a relatively low dose of radiation, the central axis (where the beams meet) delivers a comparably high dose, which in turn kills cancer cells. The technique is especially useful in treating cancers of the brain and usually incurs less risk than brain surgery.

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