Gamma Knife at Karolinska

Our specialized teams offer treatment for brain tumor, and other diagnosis, with the Gamma Knife, which, as such, originates from Karolinska. Karolinska University Hospital provide world-class neurosurgery and hospital care within the entire neurosurgical field. We have a long tradition of neurosurgery and also of treatment with the Gamma Knife.

Gamma knife surgery is a minimally invasive treatment for neurological diseases. The current model focuses 192 radioactive beams on a target area in the brain. The target can be tumour tissue, a vascular malformation or an area exposed to pain.

The ultra-modern Gamma Knife at the Karolinska University Hospital is a radiosurgery device with precise technology that automatically shapes and moves the beams to best conform to the target. The shape and dose of the radiation is optimized to focus on the target, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

The radiation sources are shielded by a 20-ton heavy radiation protection so that you as a patient and the health careprofessionals are spared unnec essary radiation. It is an effective and safe treatment.

Facts Gamma Knife

  • About 500 patients are treated with the gamma knife each year.
  • The unit at Karolinska University Hospital is unique and it´s the only one in Sweden. We treat patients from all over Sweden and from other countries.

Read more: a newly developed frame, now in use

Karolinska University Hospital is one of three centres worldwide that are first to use a new frame developed for Gamma Knife treatment. This provides the potential for improved diagnostics and shortened examination times. Read more about the new frame for Gamma Knife treatment.