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Gamma Knife® (radiocirugía estereotáctica) - Medical Animation

 

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Gamma Knife® (radiocirugía estereotáctica) - Medical Animation
MEDICAL ANIMATION TRANSCRIPT: Gamma Knife, también conocido como radiocirugía estereotáctica, es un tipo de tratamiento por radiación que se utiliza frecuentemente para tumores cerebrales. También puede utilizarse para otras afecciones de la cabeza. Gamma Knife es un procedimiento quirúrgico no invasivo que no requiere incisiones, cortes a través de la piel. En su lugar, una máquina se enfoca y envía con precisión alrededor de 200 haces de radiación a un área objetivo dentro de la cabeza. La radiación solo mata las células anormales sin afectar el tejido normal que se encuentra alrededor de ellas. Gamma Knife se utiliza para tratar tumores cerebrales pequeños, malformaciones en los vasos sanguíneos y afecciones nerviosas que son difíciles de alcanzar o demasiado riesgosas para tratar con otros métodos. El armazón craneal de Gamma Knife tiene cuatro clavos o tornillos. Después de adormecer el cuero cabelludo, el médico adhiere el armazón craneal con los tornillos. El armazón evita el movimiento de la cabeza y ayuda a guiar los haces de radiación. Con el armazón craneal en su lugar, se realiza un estudio por imágenes como IRM o TC para determinar el tamaño, la forma y la ubicación exactos del objetivo que debe tratarse. El equipo de tratamiento utiliza los estudios por imágenes y un software avanzado para crear un plan de tratamiento. Luego, el paciente se acuesta en la camilla de Gamma Knife. Se coloca un casco de radiación sobre el armazón craneal. El casco contiene agujeros que solo permiten el paso de la radiación programada del plan de tratamiento. Con el casco en su lugar, se desliza la camilla hacia la unidad de radiación. Este procedimiento es silencioso e indoloro. Demora entre unos minutos y una hora o más, según el tamaño y la forma del área de tratamiento. Los efectos sobre el tumor ocurren durante un período de tiempo después del procedimiento. Para obtener más información, consulte a su médico.

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