Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Precise, High-Dose Radiation Treatments

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Stereotactic radiosurgery treats small tumors and abnormalities in the brain and body by delivering high doses of radiation to precisely targeted areas. Stereotactic radiosurgery shortens overall radiation treatment time and minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue when compared to whole brain radiation therapy, which is another option for treating brain tumors. This is especially important for tumors located close to critical structures, such as the brain stem and optic nerves.

More than 400 of these complex procedures are performed at Duke each year. We use this advanced technology to treat people with tumors that may be hard to reach through surgery and who may be turned down for treatment at other centers.