Miami Neuroscience Institute is home to one of the most advanced radiosurgery centers in the country. Through our partnership with Miami Cancer Institute, our patients have access to every form of radiotherapy available today, all located on one campus.
Radiosurgery uses precise beams of radiation to interact with tissue, such as a brain tumor. Unlike some other types of neurosurgery, radiosurgery is non-invasive and patients go home the same day as their treatment.
At Miami Neuroscience Institute, our neurosurgeons closely collaborate with Miami Cancer Institute radiation oncologists to develop radiosurgery treatment plans that are personalized to your specific condition.
What conditions are treated with radiosurgery?
Radiosurgery is most often used to treat secondary, or metastatic, brain tumors. At Miami Neuroscience Institute, we also use radiosurgery to treat:
- Benign brain tumors, such as meningiomas, pituitary adenomas or vestibular schwannomas.
- Pain conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia
- Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
What type of radiosurgery treatments are offered at Miami Neuroscience Institute?
Miami Neuroscience Institute has access to a range of different radiosurgery systems, which means we are able to personalize your treatment plan and find the option that will be most effective.
The radiosurgery treatments at Miami Neuroscience Institute include:
When you come to Miami Neuroscience Institute for radiosurgery, you can expect:
- A team approach to your care, with specialists from Miami Neuroscience Institute and Miami Cancer Institute collaborating to find the right treatment for you.
- A personalized radiosurgery treatment plan that uses the most effective approach for your specific condition.
- The latest and most advanced radiosurgery technology all available on one campus.
What does radiosurgery entail?
As part of your treatment planning, you will first undergo an MRI. MRI images help neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and radiation physicists develop a precise treatment plan for you.
Immediately before your procedure, your neurosurgeon will either fit a frame onto your head or a mask over your face, depending on your treatment approach. These keep you properly positioned during treatment.
You will then undergo 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. If the positioning looks good, the neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist start the radiosurgery treatment with the touch of a button. The machine follows the dosage and location inputs from your care team to deliver the radiation to the exact place needed.
The length of your radiosurgery will depend on your diagnosis and treatment plan. For some treatments that use head frames, the session may last a couple of hours. Treatments that use face masks may only last 30 minutes. You may have a mild headache after treatment, and we will provide pain medicine as needed.
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We will discuss your treatment in one of our weekly radiosurgery conferences, where specialists from Miami Neuroscience Institute and Miami Cancer Institute weigh in on your case.
If you have been diagnosed with a brain tumor, we will also discuss your treatment plan at our weekly tumor boards, where specialists get together to review cases.
Not only does this save the patient time that would be spent meeting with multiple experts across the Institute, it also allows for a comprehensive evaluation that can lead to more effective treatment.
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 sessions 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, so the radiation dose to other parts of the brain is extremely low. We are also able to carefully control the dose, so we are only using as much radiation as is necessary.
This precision also allows us to treat conditions in parts of the brain that control important functions, such as speech or movement.