The Gamma Knife Program

When Precision Matters, Choose Gamma Knife® Icon

Gamma Knife® radiotherapy treats brain tumors and other neurological disorders. Treatment is accurate and results in minimal pain.

Despite the name, The Gamma Knife® is not a knife at all. Also called radiosurgery, it is a radiation procedure that treats brain lesions with radiation. The treatment targets only specific areas while protecting healthy surrounding tissue. The procedure is done without a knife or incision.

Our Gamma Knife® machine is the latest in Gamma Knife® therapy. It combines the best of everything we have learned about radiosurgery in one machine. We are the first in Georgia and only one of seven in the nation with this technology.

Pinpoint Accuracy with Minimal Pain

Gamma Knife® technology targets a tumor or other problem areas in the brain. Treatment is accurate and has minimal side effects. It delivers targeted radiation beams that avoid critical brain structures. Gamma Knife® treatment can help you avoid surgery and whole-brain radiation therapy. Because it's safe and doesn't involve incisions, the procedure is outpatient.

You may still feel anxious. Rest assured, you'll have a highly skilled team by your side. Your treatment team will be with you every step of the way. The team consists of the following medical experts:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Physicists
  • Nurses

What to Expect

Gamma Knife® usually begins with an MRI or CT scan. Your care team will use the results to:

  • Develop a treatment plan 
  • Fit you with a specialized mask or frame to stabilize your head 

You will lay on a comfortable mattress with your head precisely positioned throughout the procedure. You may even be able to sleep during treatment. Treatment lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours. You can go home on the same day.

Gamma Knife® Treats Many Brain Conditions

Gamma Knife® can treat many types of brain conditions, including:

  • Malignant brain tumors
  • Brain metastases
  • Gliomas
  • Ependymomas
  • Medcelloblastomas
  • Benign brain tumors
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Meningiomas
  • Functional brain disorders
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Tremors
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Seizures

About Us

The Gamma Knife Program is a key part of the larger Emory Brain Health Center. We are one of a few centers worldwide treating brain disorders and diseases.

Schedule Your Consultation Today with Emory’s Gamma Knife Program

If you have a brain tumor or neurological condition, we can help. To make an appointment, please call 404-778-1900. Our team will review your information and get back to you quickly, often in a few hours. During our call, our expert staff will: 

  • Ask questions about you and your diagnosis
  • Answer questions regarding your visit
  • Help you schedule an appointment
Make An Appointment
To make an appointment, please call 404-778-1900.