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MUSC's Gamma Knife Center

gamma knifeThe Gamma Knife ® has become the gold standard of noninvasive surgical management for benign and malignant brain tumors, vascular malformations and other abnormalities of the head and neck areas. The care of neuro-oncology patients is managed in coordination with the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, South Carolina's only NCI designated cancer center.

The Gamma Knife is a sophisticated tool for delivering a therapeutic dose of radiation to a carefully defined area of the brain without injuring healthy nerves, blood vessels or other nearby tissues. Using this radiosurgery technology, tumors that might be difficult or impossible to manage with other types of surgery often can be treated safely and quickly.

Conditions, tissues treated:

  • Malignant brain tumors
  • Malignant tumors of cranial nerves
  • Malignant pituitary/pineal tumors
  • Metastases to brain/meninges
  • Benign tumors: brain/nerves/meninges
  • Pituitary/craniopharyngeal tumors
  • Neoplasms of uncertain behavior
  • Cerebral/spinal meningioma
  • Glomus neoplasm
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Essential tremor

To refer a patient, call MEDULINE at 1-800-992-5250 or 843-792-2200. You can also e-mail us from the MUSC Radiation Oncology website:

Gamma Knife Team
From left: Kenneth N. Vanek, Ph.D., Director of Physics
Istvan Takacs, M.D., Co-Director, MUSC Gamma Knife Center
Jospeh M. Jenrette, III, M.D., Co-Director, MUSC Gamma Knife Center

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