Archbold Gamma Knife treats 500th patient

THOMASVILLE — Abby Gibson used it for a malignant brain tumor.  Michelle Ughetto used it for an arteriovenous malformation.  In receiving their treatment, both represented two patients in a recent milestone reached by Archbold’s Gamma Knife Center.

 Seven years after offering Gamma Knife as a treatment option, Archbold’s Gamma Knife team has treated 500 patients, a milestone comprised of clinically and geographically diverse patients from across the Southeast.

 Gamma Knife treatment was first used in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1968 and has continuously evolved with advances in radiation physics, robotic controls and computerized treatment planning.  The treatment allows a team of physicians, a physicist and nurses to treat previously untreatable malignant and benign brain tumors, vascular malformations and functional disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and trigeminal neuralgia.

 With the precision of surgery without a scalpel or incision and lower risk, Gamma Knife’s 201 incredibly precise beams of gamma radiation differentiate it from other types of brain treatment.

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