Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Amazing technology without a cut. Gamma Knife surgery, offered through the Central Mississippi Medical Center Gamma Knife Center, is unlike any surgery you may think of. This safe, non-invasive alternative to brain surgery is simply the “gold standard” for what is known in the medical field as stereotactic radiosurgery. As the first and still the only technology of its kind in the entire state of Mississippi, CMMC’s Gamma Knife Center gives new hope for patients with brain tumors and other problems in the brain that would once have been inoperable.

Working from the Robert R. Smith Gamma Knife Center, located in the Cancer Care Center at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, our multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals pools their individual expertise on medical radiation, brain anatomy and radiation components to provide patients with the utmost in patient care and treatment.

Due to the specialized nature of brain diseases, selection of patients for Gamma Knife radiosurgery is made by the treatment team and is based on individual case analysis, taking into account the patient’s health and their physician’s recommendations.

About Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

The Gamma Knife is a remarkable tool that allows neurosurgeons to operate on abnormal areas of the brain without making an incision. Using a technique called stereotactic radiosurgery, the Gamma Knife precisely targets and destroys abnormalities within the skull using highly focused gamma radiation. Patients experience minimal pain and, in most cases, can resume regular activities the day after treatment.

Gamma Knife radiosurgery is one of the safest, most effective and non-invasive treatments for:

  • Benign and malignant brain tumors
  • Metastatic brain tumors that have spread to the brain from other areas of the body
  • Vascular malformations of the brain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia facial pain
  • Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy

The Gamma Knife is also currently being researched for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Intractable pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Aneurysms

Because the Gamma Knife Center uses a team approach in a patient’s treatment, the patient’s referring physician is also an active partner in the treatment process. He or she is informed of the patient’s initial evaluation results, treatment status, and their progress is noted on follow-up studies. The patient’s physician is welcome to be present at the treatment session. Following Gamma Knife treatment, the patient is returned to the care of the referring physician.

The Central Mississippi Medical Center Gamma Knife, since its first use in 2001, has a high success rate among the thousands receiving treatment at CMMC. This same technology has been successful in treating more than 190,000 patients worldwide. It is simply one of the most advanced techniques in the treatment of disorders affecting the brain and its adjacent structures.

For more information about Gamma Knife radiosurgery or the Robert R. Smith Gamma Knife Center at Central Mississippi Medical Center, visit our website at or call (601) 376-2074.