Vidant Medical Center unveils new "Gamma Knife" technology - WNCT

Vidant Medical Center unveils new "Gamma Knife" technology

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Vidant Medical Center is now equipped with the newest technology in brain surgery.

The new "Gamma Knife" system at the hospital is the only one of its kind in Eastern North Carolina, and is one of only two in the state.

The machine weighs 22 tons and is designed to deliver higher comfort and safety for patients.

It gives doctors access to virtually any place in the brain without having to cut you open.

"Accuracy is usually .3 to .6 millimeters which is less than a hair. And so that's how accurate we can be. It's done minimally invasively. The patient's head is put in a frame which screws into the skull, that's done under some sedation with local anesthesia, but the remainder of the treatment is non-invasive . There's no knife," said Dr. Stuart Lee, Chief of Neurosurgery at Brody School of Medicine.

Not everyone is a candidate for the Gamma knife, but doctors say compared to typical brain surgery, the recovery time is much faster.

About 98% of patients go home within an hour after a procedure.

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