CyberKnife® is unique in that it uses a linear accelerator mounted to a
flexible jointed robotic arm to provide up to 1,200 different angles for physicians
to reach a variety of tumors both benign and malignant. Surgeons synchronize
CyberKnife® with patient movements, including breathing, to allow pinpoint
radiation treatment even on moving tumors.
The extreme accuracy of the CyberKnife® is unsurpassed, lending it the ability
to deliver high precision radiation to the tumor while avoiding the healthy
tissue surrounding the tumor. The addition of the CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
Center, located in the Mercy Medical Plaza, offers tumor patients new treatment
options that were not possible in the past. Initial uses have been for brain
and spinal tumors, but CyberKnife® can treat tumors anywhere in the body.
“Radiosurgery is by definition predicated on accuracy. The CyberKnife® is
capable of sub-millimeter accuracy. Better accuracy means a lower dose of radiation
to nearby healthy tissue, and this means fewer side-effects for the patient,” said
Richard Deming, M.D., medical director for the CyberKnife® Radiosurgery
Center of Iowa.