Gamma Knife Surgery

The ultra-modern Gamma Knife at the Karolinska University Hospital is called the Icon

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 called the Icon. It 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 is at Karolinska University Hospital is unique, and is the only one in Sweden