Hussain Shallwani, Sohaib Tariq, Muhammad E Bari.
Radiosurgery: current recommendations for intracranial lesions and practices in Pakistan.
Pak J Neurological Sci Jan ;9(2):32-9.
Background: Radiosurgery is defined as the use of high-dose ionizing radiation for precise and total destruction of a chosen target, avoiding concomitant or delayed harm to adjacent tissues. The three types of radiations include gamma rays (GammaKnife) by Cobalt-60, X8 rays using linear accelerator (LINAC) system, and charged-particles generated from synchocyclotron. Recommendations: Based on current evidence, radiosurgery has proven benefits as the treatment of certain brain metastases, vestibular schwannomas, meningiomas, and some skull base tumors. Conclusion: This review describes the current recommendations for use of radiosurgery for intracranial pathologies. Radiosurgery is a relatively newer modality in the developing country of Pakistan. Much work is needed to increase awareness and promote its use as and when indicated.
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