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Building a Radiosurgery Program

  • N. Scott Litofsky
  • Andrea D’Agostino-Demers

Abstract

One of the major trends in medicine over the past decade is the development of minimally invasive techniques for performance of surgical procedures. Patients desire these types of treatments because they are usually associated with less pain and quicker recovery. Insurance companies like these procedures because they are usually associated with short lengths of hospital stay and therefore less cost. Key issues that have had to be established include the development of the needed technologies, identification of appropriate patient profiles and disease processes that lend themselves to these treatments, and education of physicians—both those that treat the disease processes and those who refer patients for such treatments—about the procedures.

Keywords

Trigeminal Neuralgia Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Halo Ring Head Ring 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Scott Litofsky
    • 1
  • Andrea D’Agostino-Demers
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Neurological SurgeryUniversity of Missouri-Columbia School of MedicineColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Image-Guidance, and Functional Neurosurgery Programs, Division of NeurosurgeryUMASS Memorial HealthcareWorcesterUSA

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