Animation of how CyberKnife works. Courtesy of Accuray.
CyberKnife® is a precise form of radiation therapy that administers high energy x-rays to treat tumors of the:
CyberKnife is also available for treating benign or malignant lesions throughout the spine, including:
- Vascular malformations
CyberKnife has been used successfully to treat lesions in people who are otherwise not candidates for surgery or for lesions that are not amenable to open surgical techniques.
CyberKnife for Spinal Surgery
Patient receiving CyberKnife treatment.
Using CyberKnife to treat spinal tumors allows precise targeting of effective doses of radiation, while minimizing risks of spinal cord injury.
Consisting of a lightweight, linear accelerator mounted on a robotic arm, CyberKnife:
- References the position of the treatment target to images of your body.
- Uses x-rays, taken during treatment, to establish the position of your spinal tumor or lesion.
- Dynamically brings the radiation beam into alignment with the observed position of the treatment target.
- Aims each beam independently, without a fixed focus point. When the target moves, the CyberKnife detects the change and immediately corrects the point of the beam.
The constant adjustment allows the machine to compensate for small movements during treatments, providing the maximum precision necessary for spinal surgery.
Who provides CyberKnife treatment at ?
The Mary Hillman Jennings Radiation Oncology Center at UPMC Shadyside is recognized as a top treatment site for the overall use of CyberKnife — both in the U.S. and the world.
And, it's been recognized as a top treatment site for the overall use of CyberKnife — both in the U.S. and the world.
To refer potential candidates for CyberKnife radiosurgery, call 1-855-SRS-FACT for: