The Leksell Gamma Knife is a ground-breaking piece of equipment used to treat brain tumours and certain brain conditions. It directs radiation beams to a specific point in the brain without the need to cut into the skin. Because it's non-invasive and so exact it can treat tumours previously considered inoperable due to the high risk of complications, such as those near in or near the brain stem and other deep-seated lesions.

Unlike conventional radiation therapy, its precision means healthy brain tissue shouldn't be affected by the radiation. It's accurate to within 0.5mm and one treatment is usually enough. This can reduce the overall dose of unwanted radiation by up to 100 times compared to other treatments. As side effects are minimal, people who've had Gamma Knife treatment can often go home the same day.



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We're constantly investing in new technology at all our facilities so we can give you the best possible care. The London Gamma Knife Centre at St Bartholomew's is just one example.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is not an operation – there are no knives or surgery involved and, with the possible exception of mild headache, there’s normally very little to recover from. People are usually treated as day cases whereas if they were to be operated on, they’d perhaps be in hospital for around a week.
Ian Sabin

Consultant neurosurgeon

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