Stereotactic radiosurgery is not really surgery. Rather, it's a form of radiation therapy that uses 3-D computer
imaging to attack tumors and lesions in the brain and other areas of
the body with an extremely precise dose of radiation. Linear
accelerators offer potential advantages to some patients over other
stereotactic radiosurgery technologies such as the Gamma Knife, notably
the ability to treat tumors throughout the entire body, not just those
in the brain.
MultiCare is the first health system in the South Puget Sound region
to offer image-guided, stereotactic linear accelerator treatment, on
the VarianÂ® Trilogy System, for treating cancers and other appropriate
conditions. It can be beneficial for treating tumors that would be
difficult or dangerous to operate on given their location in the brain.