Gamma Knife Perfexion

A single beam is harmless, but 192 beams of radiation converging on a single, precise target deep inside the brain can destroy tumor cells with miminal bleeding, no pain and no hospital stay for many patients with head and neck cancers. The new Providence Cancer Center building is home to Gamma Knife Perfexion, the most advanced radiosurgery technology in the Northwest.

The Gamma Knife Center of Oregon's medical director, Steven Seung, M.D., Ph.D., says the new technology is revolutionary. "Imagine going from a four-cylinder stick-shift, two-wheel-drive compact car to an eight-cylinder automatic, all-wheel-drive, full-size car. That's what it's like going from the current Gamma Knife to the Perfexion." Gamma Knife Perfexion extends the reach of lifesaving Gamma Knife technology to patients with low base-of-the-skull and cervical neck tumors. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Gamma Knife Perfexion also can handle cases once thought to be too difficult for radiosurgery.

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