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Designing, Building and Installing a Stereotactic Radiosurgery Unit

  • Lijun Ma
  • Martin Murphy

Abstract

The first stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) unit was designed by Swedish neurosurgeon Dr. Lars Leksell in the 1950s [1]. The term stereotactic literally means “spatially fixed.” In general, a SRS procedure involves delivering a single fraction of high-dose radiation, usually with the guidance of a rigid fixation device (i.e., a stereotactic frame). The purpose of the frame is to map out the coordinate system of the target for accurate reference of the radiation beams [2]–[6]. Common types of radiation used for SRS are high-energy gamma rays (e.g., 60Co), high-energy x-rays, and charged particles such as protons.

Keywords

Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Trigeminal Neuralgia Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Electronic Portal Imaging Device 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lijun Ma
    • 1
  • Martin Murphy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of California San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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