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Cyberknife: Cutting edge in radiosurgery

March 7, 2013

Finally, tumors can be removed without having to undergo the risks of surgical procedures.

The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is a newly developed surgical system which provides a safe and painless alternative to intrusive tumor excision procedures. The system offers a non-invasive treatment method which delivers high doses of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy, thus increasing surgical success and ultimately giving hope to patients worldwide.

 

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Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

 

CyberKnife® treats a wide array of cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, and can access previously unreachable organs and areas of the body, including the prostate gland, lungs, brain, spine, liver, kidneys, and even the pancreas. And despite having a name that may raise a mental image that involve slicing and excising, the CyberKnife® system does not employ any physical cutting.

It is the world’s first and only robotic radiosurgery system designed to focus on treating tumors throughout the body. The procedures are painless and are completely viable for patients who have been previously found to have complex and inoperable tumors.

Going under the CyberKnife®: The treatment process

Procedures done using this system always require the participation of several specialists. Specialists also undergo rigorous benchmark tests to determine their qualification to operate the system.

 

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Before undergoing the procedure, patients are first imaged using a high-resolution CT scanner to locate the tumor. This will be vital in the formation of a computer-generated treatment plan. The treatment plan will then be used to match desired radiation doses to the location of the tumor while maintaining a healthy limit to the surrounding tissues’ radiation exposure.

After treatment plan execution has been laid out, the patient is ready to undergo the procedure. Upon arrival at the CyberKnife® center, patients are comfortably positioned on a specialized treatment table, after which the system’s computer-controlled robot will hover over the desired spot to deliver the pre-determined radiation dose.

 

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Image Source: cedars-sinai.edu

 

Treatment sessions can last from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on many factors, such as tumor size, location, and shape. Treatment may last for several sessions, as determined by the patient’s attending physician.

CyberKnife® procedures are currently available in the world-class healthcare institutions under Satori World Medical’s Global Network. Visit Satori’s official website to learn how you can benefit from this cutting-edge technology.

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