How does stereotactic spine radiosurgery work?

Stereotactic spine radiosurgery uses technology that delivers a high dose of radiation to the tumor(s). SRS targets the tumor very precisely using narrow radiation beams, thereby ensuring the radiation dose to the tumor is maximized while minimizing exposure to nearby normal tissue. This highly selective radiation dose often results in effective pain and/or tumor control. The treatment can be as simple as one session given on an outpatient basis.

What happens after the stereotactic spine radiosurgery (SRS) procedure?

Following your stereotactic spine radiosurgery, an MRI scan and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled with your neurosurgeon or radiation oncologist. Routine follow-up appointments and regularly scheduled imaging studies may be necessary, depending on your condition.

What are typical results after the stereotactic spine radiosurgery (SRS) procedure?

The success rate depends on the type of tumor being treated. In general, 85 to 90 percent local pain relief can be achieved in patients within one month or less of treatment. Local tumor growth rates are normally between 80 and 90 percent.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/31/2019.

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