Baptist Health Louisville: Stereotactic Radiosurgery Treatment
Radiation oncologist Carrie Scharf, MD, describes step-by-step what happens during stereotactic radiosurgery, a therapy that delivers radiation directly to a tumor, with fewer, shorter treatments.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery Treatment Health Talks Transcript
Carrie Scharf, MD, Radiation Oncology
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a very complex way to deliver radiation treatment. It involves many precise, small treatment beams that localize to treat a small tumor in multiple parts of the body. It delivers high-dose treatments in a short period of time. So, typically the treatments can be completed in one to five treatments, as opposed to a course of six to seven weeks for standard radiation.
So, a patient presents with diagnostic imaging and is seen by a radiation oncologist who determines that stereotactic is a good course of treatment. The patient is then custom fit for an immobilization device, which will keep them still and steady during the course of treatment. The patient comes back and meets the radiation therapist, who takes them in the room, sets them up in their immobilization device, assures that the setup is accurate, and then obtains images on the treatment table, which allows them to localize the area of treatment prior to being treated. The medical physicist and the physician are then at the treatment site as well to be sure the treatments deliver it accurately and appropriately. The patient is encouraged to relax and breathe normally. Nothing special is required to complete the treatment. Typically, it takes between five and 25 minutes.
Here at Baptist Health, we have over a decade of experience delivering this innovative technology with care.