MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Combating a brain tumor is a scary and stressful journey. Fortunately for those doing so, Northern Westchester Hospital's Gamma Knife Center offers a painless treatment that precisely targets the brain tumor, leaving surrounding tissue intact.
In fact, the Gamma Knife is not a knife at all, but a highly sophisticated, non-invasive device that focuses precise beams of gamma radiation on tumors in the brain.
Combining the latest in diagnostic imaging techniques and state-of-the-art 3D visualization, the Gamma Knife Perfexion® uses radiation beams to treat designated targets, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. Individually, the radiation beams are weak and pass through healthy tissue with minimal effect. By targeting multiple beams of high-intensity radiation to converge on a specific location, the Gamma Knife can destroy tumor cells.
Gamma knife radiosurgery is an effective, non-invasive alternative to traditional surgery and is able to fight brain tumors painlessly. Northern Westchester Hospital is the only facility in New York State between New York City and Syracuse with the expertise and technology to offer this option.
The gamma knife procedure can target multiple tumors in a single session and many patients can have their treatment and go home the same day while experiencing virtually no side effects.
In the video above, Dr. Alain de Lotbinière, Director of the Gamma Knife Surgery Center at Northern Westchester Hospital explains how this technology is revolutionizing the treatment brain cancer in Westchester County.
For more information, visit Northern Westchester Hospital's Gamma Knife Radiosurgery website.