Stereotactic and Radiosurgery Center
One of the few centers in the United States offering pallidotomy and thalamotomy for advanced cases of Parkinson's disease, and the only facility in the nation's capital performing stereotactic surgery for movement disorders, the Stereotactic and Radiosurgery Center has earned its reputation as a leader in the use of stereotactic techniques for diagnosis, therapeutic planning and treatment. The expertise of the neurosurgeons, diagnostic radiologists and other specialists—augmented by the most sophisticated technologies—affords patients exceptional medical care.
Before each stereotactic radiosurgery, the neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and physicists plot three-dimensional dose distributions on treatment planning computers which have on-line links to magnetic resonance imagers and computed tomographic scanners. These professionals then modify the angle and size of the energy beams, testing multiple variations until the optimal treatment strategy—based on the needs of the individual patient—is reached. With pinpoint accuracy, the team then directs the calibrated energy bursts to the surgical site. This energy comes from a Gamma Knife or a linear accelerator. Stereotactic radiosurgery typically results in a hospital stay of just one day, which means both convenience and cost-savings for the patient. More importantly, this new technology makes untreatable tumors treatable.
The staff of the Stereotactic and Radiosurgery Center also performs stereotactic microsurgery for deep-seated brain tumors. A customized stereotactic frame keeps the patient's head completely still during radiological imaging, allowing the Center's neurosurgeons to develop elegant maps of even the most difficult-to-reach regions of the brain. The use of the same stereotactic equipment during surgery facilitates removal of the tumor and preservation of the surrounding healthy tissues.
Both radiosurgical and microsurgical patients benefit from a unique image fusion system that combines images from multiple modalities with superior accuracy and resolution. This pioneering system was designed by the staff of the Stereotactic and Radiosurgery Center.