Radio-What? Radiosurgery is a treatment that sounds like surgery but isn’t.

Radio-What? Radiosurgery is a treatment that sounds like surgery but isn’t.

By Erin Kieper
Program Development Manager, Swedish Radiosurgery Center

If you have never heard the term radiosurgery, you are in good company. This sci-fi sounding word may conjure images from Star Trek but radiosurgery is anything but fiction.

Radiosurgery uses multiple beams of radiation from a variety of directions to destroy diseased or damaged tissue. Although the name sounds like a surgical procedure, this is a non-invasive way to treat many different conditions. The CyberKnife and Gamma Knife technologies are very precise and avoid injury to surrounding, normal tissue and the course of treatment lasts from a single session to less than 2 weeks.

The Swedish Radiosurgery Center is the only center in the Pacific NW to offer both CyberKnife and Gamma Knife under one roof and our team of experts customizes every patient’s treatment plan for an optimal outcome.

To learn more about your new vocabulary word: visit www.swedish.org/radiosurgery

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