We know that cancer can be especially frightening when it affects sensitive areas like the brain, liver, and lungs. That's why we use equipment that offers a high degree of precision. At Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health, we use Brainlab/ExacTrac stereotactic radiosurgery to treat cancers of the brain and lesions.
How does it work?
Stereotactic radiosurgery is not surgery. Rather, it is a highly precise form of radiation therapy. With Brainlab/ExacTrac, radiation beams can be shaped to target the exact contour of the tumor or lesion. Even if your tumor or lesion is irregularly formed, we can adjust the shape of the beam to target that area. Sophisticated software calculates the ideal access points and defines the treatment plan.
During radiation therapy, a patient lies down on a special ExacTrac treatment bed. During your treatment, the bed monitors and adjusts for patient movement and respiration. The Brainlab radiation source moves around the patient's body, penetrating the tumor or lesion from different angles. Brainlab delivers targeted radiation while substantially limiting exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. This reduces potential damage to delicate structures such as the brainstem or spinal cord.
The treatment is typically delivered in less than 30 minutes on an outpatient basis. Download our brochure for additional information.
Brainlab/ExacTrac stereotactic radiosurgery can treat intracranial tumors, extracranial tumors, and non-cancerous conditions. Some of the clinical indications include:
- Brain tumors
- Head and neck tumors
- Spinal tumors
- Liver, lung, prostate, and gastrointestinal tumors
To find out more about our treatment options, contact the Department of Radiation Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital. We are happy to help with any of the important questions you may need to ask.