UC Davis Medical Center's Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program has acquired a new state-of-the-art
gamma knife that uses radiation to perform brain surgery without a scalpel.
With the acquisition of the gamma knife, UC Davis becomes the only institution in the Sacra- mento region
and one of a small number in the country equipped offer patients two radiosurgery options. Since 1994,
UC Davis has performed radiosurgery using the Linac-based BrainLab System with micro multileaf collimation,
which can treat larger, irregular-shaped lesions. The new gamma knife system will treat smaller lesions
with increased accuracy.
Allan Chen, director of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program and a National Cancer Institute-trained
radiation oncologist, leads an experienced, multidisciplinary radiosurgery team that includes neurosurgeons,
neuroradiologists, radiation oncologists, radiation physicists, radiosurgery nurses and radiation therapists.