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Novalis Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Capital Region Neurosurgery offers treatment for brain and spinal tumors with Novalis stereotactic radiosurgery technology.

Dr. Michelle Bahn is fully trained, certified, and credentialed in the Novalis steriotactic radiosurgery system. This is the newest generation of shaped beam microradiosurgery for the treatment of acoustic neuroma, meningioma, and other skull base neoplams such as glomus tumors. With this system we are able to provide patients with an alternative to the traditional surgical removal of these tumors.

Novalis can deliver a single fraction dose when appropriate but also has the ability to deliver fractionated treatment which may be desirable in certain clinical applications.  The versatility of the Novalis platform makes it possible to offer the most appropriate form of treatment based on patient needs and does not require invasive headframe placement. 

The Novalis radiosurgery platform precisely shapes the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor or lesion, ensuring the optimal treatment dose is delivered and protecting healthy tissue. This platform also makes it possible to radiate tumors from various angles and delivers a higher dose of radiation than any other machine, providing treatment for tumors once thought to be untreatable.  Treatment time can last 15 to 45 minutes, and patients go home the same day.

How It Works

Using robotics, guided-imaging and highly sophisticated computer software, clinicians target radiation beams at tumors in the body. The patient lies on a robotic couch that automatically aligns the radiation beams with the tumors. No head frame is needed for treating brain tumors. The patient breathes normally during the procedure because the system accounts for respiratory movement.  The system’s accuracy protects healthy tissue surrounding tumors, as well as, delicate structures such as the brainstem, spinal cord and optic nerves.

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