Some brain and spine tumors benefit from treatment with very targeted radiation therapy known as radiosurgery. Baptist Health is home to one of the most advanced radiosurgery centers in the country.

Our neurosurgeons partner with neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiation physicists at Baptist Health Cancer Care to develop and deliver brain and spine tumor treatments personalized to your specific condition.

Our Approach to Radiosurgery

Our Approach to Radiosurgery

When you choose Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care for radiosurgery, you get access to:

  • Advanced treatment options including the latest Gamma Knife® and CyberKnife® technologies
  • A team dedicated to delivering precise doses of therapy to treat your condition and reduce the impact of radiation on other parts of your body
  • A collaborative approach to brain and spine cancer care that includes experts from across Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care and Baptist Health Cancer Care

What Is Radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is a type of neurosurgery that uses precise beams of radiation to target tissue in the brain or spine. Our team uses MRI images to develop a precise radiosurgery treatment plan for you.

Unlike some other types of neurosurgery, radiosurgery is noninvasive and patients go home the same day as their treatment.

Types of Radiosurgery

The Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care team works with Baptist Health Cancer Care to offer a range of different radiosurgery treatments. This means we can personalize your treatment plan and find the option that will be most effective for you.

Radiosurgery treatments we offer include:

What to Expect Before, During and After Radiosurgery

Immediately before your radiosurgery procedure at Baptist Health, your neurosurgeon will fit you with a device to keep you properly positioned during treatment.

Our team will then take a CT scan of your head. This image will be digitally merged with your original MRI scan to ensure that the radiation given during your radiosurgery targets the correct area.

Once this is complete and you are positioned properly, your neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist will start your radiosurgery treatment with the touch of a button. The type of radiosurgery technology used is set to deliver a predetermined radiation dose to the exact place needed.

The length of your radiosurgery treatment will depend on your diagnosis and treatment plan. Some treatments may last a couple of hours. Others may be as quick as 30 minutes. You may have a mild headache after treatment, but our team will provide pain medicine as needed.

  • The number of radiosurgery sessions you need will depend on your diagnosis, the location in the brain that needs to be treated and the type of treatment you receive. If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the number of radiosurgery sessions you need will also depend on the size of the tumor. Most patients undergo between one and five sessions.

  • One of the benefits of radiosurgery is that it delivers precise radiation treatment. This precision allows us to treat conditions in parts of the brain that control important functions, such as speech or movement.

    Because of the targeted precision of radiotherapy, the possibility of radiation doses reaching other parts of the brain is extremely low. We are also able to carefully control the dose so that we use only the necessary amount of radiation.

What Conditions Are Treated with Radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is most often used to treat cancerous (malignant) brain tumors and spine tumors. These tumors are considered secondary tumors because they form in the brain or spine from cells that have traveled from other parts of the body.

At Baptist Health, we also use radiosurgery to treat:

ZAP-X® Gyroscopic Radiosurgery®

ZAP-X® Gyroscopic Radiosurgery®

Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute, in collaboration with Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute, offers ZAP-X®, one of the most advanced forms of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for treating brain tumors and certain functional disorders.

Radiosurgery Research

Radiosurgery Research

Our team works with Baptist Health Cancer Care to conduct radiosurgery clinical trials, including trials that study combining cancer therapies with radiosurgery. Talk to your doctor or view our list of active trials to learn more about radiosurgery research.

Meet Our Radiosurgery Team

Our radiosurgery team includes highly skilled neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists and radiation physicists who collaborate to develop your personalized treatment plan. Radiation oncology technicians and nurses also work with you throughout your treatment.

Our Locations

We provide radiosurgery at Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care locations throughout Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. Find a location near you.

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