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									                                                                                               Gamma Knife Treatment Is Fast and Accurate.
The Gamma Knife Is Patient-friendly.

                                                                                               How We                                On the morning of your treatment, a mild sedative is                                 Full Results                     Once the coordinates have been determined, you will be
                                                                                               Determine                             administered and you are brought to the Gamma Knife                                  Take Place                       placed on the Gamma Knife couch, and your head
                                                                                               Gamma Knife                                                                                                                Over Time.                       frame will be attached to a large helmet. At this time, the
                                                                                                                                     suite. A stereotactic frame is then placed on your head to
                                                                                                                                     determine the exact location of your tumor or arteriove-                             Since the effects of Gamma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           frame coordinates are set to the predetermined values so
                                                                                               Your own physician is an active       nous malformation. There is no pain, but you may expe-                               Knife radiosurgery occur over    the lesion or target will be at the precise point where the
                                                                                               partner in your treatment—            rience a feeling of pressure that should disappear in                                a period of time—weeks or        radiation beams converge. Your personal treatment plan
                                                                                               beginning with diagnosis and          about 15 minutes.                                                                    even years—your treatment        may call for one or multiple radiation cycles—each last-
                                                                                               referral and continuing through                                                                                            will be followed up by your      ing one to 20 minutes. During the treatment cycles, you
                                                                                               follow-up studies and progress                                                                                             own physician and our med-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           will feel no discomfort and will be in constant communi-
                                                                                               reports.                                                                                                                   ical team. A care plan will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cation with the doctors while monitored by video. After
                                                                                                  Before Gamma Knife treat-                                                                                               designed for you, and your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           each cycle, the medical team will recheck and reset the
                                                                                               ment is decided, a complete                                                                                                condition will be monitored
                                                                                               review of your medical history                                                                                             throughout your period of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Gamma Knife coordinates.
                                                                                               is performed, with CT scans,                                                                                               Gamma Knife treatment.               After your treatment, the frame is removed, and you
                                                                                               MRIs and angiographic studies                                                                                                                               are placed in a waiting room where you can eat and
The stereotactic frame that    Unlike conventional surgery, Gamma Knife treatment is not
                                                                                               provided as necessary. Then,                                                                                                                                drink if you like.
is placed on the head allows   physically or psychologically traumatic. It does not require    alternative treatments are                                                                                                                                     On average, your time in the hospital will be three to
exact measurement of the
                               general anesthesia or extended healing time. In fact,           considered, including open
location of the tumor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      six hours, depending on your treatment plan. You
                               patients undergoing Gamma Knife treatment may be per-           surgery, radiation and chemo-
on an MRI or angiogram.
                                                                                                                                     A sophisticated software                  BEFORE                                                                      should be able to go home the same day as your treat-
                               mitted to leave the hospital the same day and resume nor-       therapy.                              planning system helps                     Tumor from breast, metastatic to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ment and resume normal activities.
                               mal activities immediately. This not only reduces concern          Once we have established           the medical team plan                     posterior portion of brain.
                                                                                               that you are a candidate for          your treatment and
                               and pain, but also saves money, because lengthy hospital
                                                                                               Gamma Knife treatment, the            radiation dosage.
                               stays, expensive medication and long-term rehabilitation                                                                                        AFTER
                                                                                               complete process will be
                               are not needed.                                                                                                                                 Three-and-a-half months after
                                                                                               reviewed with you in detail.
                                                                                                                                                                               Gamma Knife radiosurgery,
                                  There are many times when conventional surgery is            We can even arrange for
                                                                                                                                                                               the tumor is no longer seen.
                               simply not possible. The risk may be too great because of       someone who has undergone the
                               the abnormal tissue’s location in the brain. Other illnesses    treatment to explain it to you             From the Gamma Knife suite, you are taken to the
                               may be present, or the age of a patient may preclude            from a personal perspective.          radiodiagnostic area, where the imaging is performed
                               invasive procedures.                                                                                  using MRI and/or angiography. You wait comfortably
                                  But the Gamma Knife is never excluded by these condi-                                              while your neurosurgeon, physicist and radiation
                               tions. Treatment is carefully designed to pinpoint a specific                                         oncologist determine your appropriate dosage and
                               target while minimizing any effects to surrounding tissue.                                            treatment. The computer is then programmed to
                               What’s more, there are no moving parts during treatment,                                              “lock in” the determined coordinates.
                               so the Gamma Knife allows extremely high, reproducible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Once you are on the Gamma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Knife couch, your stereotactic

                                                                                                               An X-ray of blood                                Treatment is                                      A malformation of the                                                     frame is attached to a helmet

                                                                                                               vessels (angiogram)                              meticulously planned                              artery or vein is                                                         and treatment begins.

                                                                                                               shows the location                               for you to receive exact-                         completely destroyed
                               The Gamma Knife Works
                                                                                                               and size of                                      ly the right dosage in                            25 months after
                               When Other Treatments Can’t.
                                                                                                               abnormal tissue.                                 the precise location.                             treatment.
     Doctors Hospital: At the Forefront                                                                            About Doctors Hospital
     of Gamma Knife Treatment.

                                    Doctors Hospital is uniquely qualified to treat brain                                    Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral
                                 tumors and other abnormalities. As the first institution in
                                 Florida and one of the few select facilities in the United
                                 States offering Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Doctors
                                                                                                                             Gables, is a 281-bed acute care facility delivering the
                                                                                                                             highest standards of medical care. The hospital enjoys a
                                                                                                                             reputation for excellence in its patient care, with medical
                                                                                                                                                                                                 GAMMA KNIFE
                                 Hospital offers technical expertise, the latest equipment                                   specialties in orthopedics and sports medicine, technolog-
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Gamma Knife Isn’t
                                 and a team of world-renowned physicians who are                                             ically advanced operating suites and state-of-the-art radio-
                                                                                                                                                                                              a Knife at All.
                                 totally dedicated to providing the best possible treatment                                  logic imaging services.                                                                                                            A
Our multidisciplinary
                                 for each and every patient.                                                                    Doctors Hospital is an affiliate of Baptist Health South         More than 40 years ago, a team of researchers perfected a      REVOLUTION
approach to Gamma Knife
                                    Because we realize the prospect of treatment can                                         Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in      revolutionary procedure for cranial surgery that we now        IN
treatment includes a world-

recognized neurosurgeon and      produce anxiety, we provide a full range of services to                                     the region.                                                         call the Gamma Knife.                                          NONINVASIVE

                                                                                                                                                                                                    A notable aspect of the Gamma Knife is that it is not       SURGERY
a panel of radiation oncolo-     take the stress out of your hospital experience.                                               Baptist Health treats over 11,000 international patients
gists, neuroradiologists,           We will answer all your questions and make sure you                                      a year through its International Center of Miami. The               actually a knife. It is a device that uses invisible gamma
physicists and nurses.
                                 understand exactly what will happen during the Gamma                                        center’s multilingual staff provides exclusive, personalized        ray “blades” to selectively destroy brain tumors and other
Working closely together, the                                                                                                                                                                    abnormalities, as well as treat pain and movement disor-
                                 Knife procedure.                                                                            attention and complimentary assistance with all of your
team assures the highest level
                                    We will help coordinate everything from travel to                                        medical and travel needs. Services include 24-hour emer-            ders, such as Parkinson’s disease, without any incision or
of professional expertise,
                                 hotel accommodations and other arrangements. In many                                        gency on-call services; arrangements for jet or helicopter          physical entry into the brain.
along with an unusual degree
                                 cases, we can even help you handle your insurance                                           air ambulance from any part of the world; coordination of              Treatment is virtually painless. It does not require gen-
of personal care and atten-

tion—before, during and after    claims. We want your experience to be successful and          Doctors Hospital is located   hospital, physician and diagnostic testing appointments;            eral anesthesia. And because it is noninvasive, there is no
                                                                                               in historic Coral Gables,                                                                         scarring or disfigurement and little risk of infection.
treatment.                       worry-free.                                                                                 and assistance with travel arrangements, scheduling of
                                                                                               Florida, just minutes from
                                                                                                                             transportation to and from the airport, and accommoda-
                                                                                               Miami International
                                                                                                                             tions at either of our on-site apartments.                       The Gamma Knife Is
                                                                                               Airport. All of Florida’s
                                                                                                                                                                                              Safe and Effective.
                                                                                               major roadways, as well
                                                                                                                                To schedule an appointment or for more information,
                                                                                               as golf courses, beaches,     call 786-308-3740 or e-mail        The most important consideration, of course, is how well
                                                                                               shopping and other visitor                                                                        the Gamma Knife works. Backed by more than four
                                                                                               attractions, are nearby.                                                                          decades of well-documented research, today’s sophisticat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ed neuroradiological and computer technology allows
                                                                                                                                                                                                 even greater accuracy and success with this procedure.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Individual beams of gamma radiation are too weak to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 affect brain tissue on their own. However, by precisely
                                                                                                                                                                                                 focusing 201 intersecting radiation beams, the Gamma
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Knife destroys target abnormalities—without harming
                                                                                                                                                                                                 normal brain tissue or adjacent nerves and blood vessels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The results speak for themselves. To date, more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                 400,000 patients worldwide have undergone Gamma
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Knife radiosurgery. Since October 1993, more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                 4,500 treatments have been successfully performed at
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Doctors Hospital.

                                 We Offer Help to Patients from
                                 Around the World.

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