Conditions Treated

With more than four decades of extensive research, evaluation and clinical experience to back it up, the Gamma Knife is considered the “gold standard” for intracranial radiosurgery.  Gamma Knife treatment is used as either a primary treatment method or as an adjunct therapy in combination with surgery, chemotherapy or other forms of radiation therapy for individuals who require further treatment. The Gamma Knife may be an ideal solution for patients who cannot undergo conventional surgery due to age, certain health conditions, or an inability to tolerate general anesthesia or have inoperable lesions. 

The Robert R. Smith M.D. Gamma Knife Center uses the Gamma Knife to treat a wide variety of brain conditions and disease including:

    • Metastatic tumors, which have spread to the brain from other areas in the body.
    • Benign brain tumors such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, chordomas and pineal tumors.
    •  Functional disorders which include intractable pain, trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain), Parkinson's disease and Epilepsy.
    • Vascular disorders such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and carvernous malformations.
    • Malignant tumors such as metastases, glial tumors and ocular melanomas.

 TheGamma Knife is also currently being researched for the treatment of the following conditions:

    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Essential tremor
    • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
    • Intractable Pain
    • Glaucoma
    • Aneurysms

For more detailed information on the Robert R. Smith, M.D.Gamma Knife Center including conditions we treat, frequently asked questions, the treatment process, etc.,  please visit our comprehensive website: