Frequently Asked Questions

I had a recent MRI, do I need to have another one?

Yes. We need current imaging in order to see what needs to be treated while the head frame is in place. The MRI that we perform is the imaging that is required to do the treatment planning.

When can I eat and drink again?

Once your treatment is complete, we will provide food and beverages for you.

When can I go home?

Your stay is short; in most cases, you go home the same afternoon. At most, you may have an overnight stay.

How soon can I resume my everyday routines?

That is entirely up to you. There are typically no limitations made, so as soon as you feel up to it, feel free to go back to your everyday routine.

How does the Gamma Knife affect tumors?

The Gamma Knife treatment causes the tumor cells to die over time. This will either completely eradicate the tumor or slow its growth.

Will I experience hair loss?

Gamma Knife treatment is non–surgical, so your head will not be shaved. Any subsequent hair loss – if it occurs at all – will be very minor.

What happens when I am discharged?

In most cases, Gamma Knife patients return to normal activities within 24–48 hours of the procedure. All that remains is to schedule subsequent follow–up diagnostic tests to assess the effectiveness of the treatment.

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