Technology and Treatments

BrainLab: Sculpting Tumors Using Shape Beam Surgery

St. Dominic's BrainLab technology allows our Neuroscience professionals the ability to perform conformal stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy.  Using the BrainLab, a complementary system of computer software and hardware attached to our advanced linear accelerator, the professionals at St. Dominic's Cancer Center perform very acute conformal stereotactic radiosurgery and sterotactic radiotherapy. The computer adapts the radiation beam to the shape of the tumor from each direction - which targets the highest dose of radiation into the tumor, sparing the healthy tissue around it.

BrainLab offers the complete range for radiosurgery, from cranial to extracranial, from circular to conformal collimation and straightforward treatment planning.

  • Homogenous dose distribution with steep dose gradient
  • Dynamic and conformal arc treatments reducing treatment time and protecting healthy tissues
  • Unique infrared market technology for precise localization, planning and patient positioning.

Speed, Simplicity & Safety
BrainLab’s micro-multileaf collimator (M3) streamlines conformal, radiosurgery treatments, resulting in a higher degree of accuracy and a better outcome for patients. 

Questions & Answers

Q. What is Shaped Beam Surgery
A. Shaped beam surgery uses a focused, very precise high-dosage beam of photon energy to reduce the size of a tumor or reduce its growth. After the treatment is complete, the patient can comfortably return home the same day.

Q. What is the history of Shaped Beam Surgery
A. Shaped beam surgery was first introduced by a company in Germany called BrainLab. It was first used at UCLA in 1998. Currently there are around 15 hospitals in the United States using the BrainLab technology. St. Dominic's acquired this technology in the fall of 2001, and the first patient was treated in November.

Q. What are the advantages of Shaped Beam Radiosurgery
A. Advantages of shaped beam radiosurgery include:

  • Fewer complications
  • Reduced hospital stays
  • Accelerated recoveries
  • Predictable outcome
  • Non invasive

Q. What are the advantages over traditional radiosurgery
A. Traditional radiosurgery can only approximate the shape of a tumor and fire at a tumor from one angle

  • Shaped beam surgery (also called Stereotactic radiosurgery) can precisely target even the smallest or most irregularly shaped tumor from any angle, at any time. Shaped beam surgery delivers doses of radiation that match the size and shape of the tumor in such a way that healthy tissue is untouched.
  • Unlike other cancer treatment modalities here in Jackson, St. Dominic’s radiosurgery approach has extracranial applications. It not only treats brain tumors, it treats other tumors such as breast, ovary, prostate, liver, spine and lung tumors.

Q. What are the typical results of shaped beam surgery?
A. Shaped Beam Surgery does not remove a tumor, it reduces the size and growth of the tumor by damaging the DNA of the tumor cells.

For more information about BrainLab, call (601)200-5836.

Endovascular Coiling to Treat Brain Aneurysms

St. Dominic's Neuroscience Center utilizes some of the most advanced technology available for the treatment of brain aneurysms.  For some patients, a minimally invasive procedure called Endovascular Coiling may be an option. 

For more information on this or other procedures to treat brain aneurysm, contact St. Dominic's Neuroscience Center at (601)200-5836.