Published: Aug. 18, 2010
Updated: Aug. 19, 2010
At Duke, we offer radiation, or stereotactic radiosurgery, to treat arteriovenous malformations (AVM) in the brain, head, neck, or spine.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a minimally invasive form of surgery that uses computer imaging to deliver a single, high dose of radiation that specifically targets the arteriovenous malformation (AVM).
This procedure is often used to treat patients with complex, deep-seated or brain-stem AVMs which would be difficult to safely treat surgically. It is often performed in conjunction with embolization.
Radiosurgery is most successful in AVMs that are fewer than three centimeters in diameter.
Since it doesn't require a craniotomy, it is often performed as an outpatient procedure.