A Leader In Central Virginia

Johnston-Willis Hospital is home to Central Virginia's only Leksell Gamma Knife Icon.

Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, is the only hospital in Central Virginia to offer patients the Gamma Knife® Icon, and only one of two hospitals in Virginia to use it. Gamma Knife® Icon is a minimally invasive stereotactic radiosurgery tool that uses extremely precise cobalt radiation beams. The Gamma Knife® is used to treat brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia (face pain), Parkinson's disease, medically refractory essential tremors, and other neurological disorders.

The Leksell Gamma Knife® Icon is the latest advancement in Elekta's Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery system (SRS) - the most clinically proven radiosurgery technique that uses many precision guided radiation beams to treat tumors and other disorders in the brain. Contrary to the name, Gamma Knife is a minimally-invasive, outpatient same-day procedure that does not actually use a knife.

The Gamma Knife® may eliminate the need for traditional surgery and helps preserve healthy tissue. The procedure is painless and unlike other treatment options, does not require patients to cut or shave their hair. Because there is no incision, recovery time is reduced and most patients leave the hospital the same day as the treatment.

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Johnston-Willis Hospital's award-winning Neuroscience and Gamma Knife Center provides private suites designed with your comfort in mind and offers some of the most advanced technologies. With less pain, faster recovery and fewer complications, we get you back faster to your life and normal routines.

The Gamma Knife® Icon

The Gamma Knife Icon, provides the most accurate motion tracking during treatment, as well as integrated imaging and frameless treatment capabilities. This allows for greater potential to protect patient quality of life both during treatment and after recovery. This tool provides the most accurate devise available to neurosurgeons for treating brain tumors as an outpatient procedure. Icon also provides the flexibility for single-dose administration or multiple treatment sessions over time, which allows for treatment of larger tumor volumes, targets close to critical brain structures and new or recurring brain metastases.

How Gamma Knife® Works:

The Gamma Knife® Icon uses the precision of 192 gamma beams to non-invasively treat trigeminal neuralgia, brain tumors and other neurological and neurovascular disorders on an outpatient basis. Radiation beams target and destroy tumors and diseased tissue, sparing the surrounding healthy tissue unnecessary radiation.

Who Is a Candidate for Gamma Knife®?

This high level of precision makes Gamma Knife® a treatment option for patients with primary or metastatic brain tumors and other neurologic disorders, like vascular malformations and severe facial pain, such as trigeminal neuralgia. The Gamma Knife® can also be used to treat pituitary tumors, acoustic tumors and meningiomas.

If you’ve been diagnosed with any of the above disorders and offered traditional radiotherapy, call us today at (804) 320-3627 (DOCS) to schedule a consultation with a neurosurgeon who uses Gamma Knife.

Why Johnston-Willis Hospital?

Considered a Central Virginia leader in Brain and Spine Care, Johnston-Willis first acquired Gamma Knife® technology in 2004 and in 2007, replaced its original technology with the Gamma Knife® Perfexion. For 14 years, patients with multiple brain tumors have received treatment on an outpatient basis with shorter recovery times. We’re proud to have completed over 3,500 Gamma Knife® cases with Gamma Knife® Perfexion. And now, with Gamma Knife® Icon, we’re pleased to offer this latest innovation in the treatment of brain tumors and other neurological disorders to our patients.

Gamma Knife® treatment has brought patients to Johnston-Willis Hospital from all over the United States. Gamma Knife® Icon is available only in two hospitals in Virginia and in a very few select group of hospitals in the United States.

Today, Johnston-Willis continues to provide to the latest technology for management of brain tumors. We were the first and only one of a few hospitals in the United States to receive The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for brain tumor care, and the only Joint Commission certified brain tumor center in Virginia. In receiving this certification, we’re dedicated to maintaining the highest level of quality care for our patients. The Gamma Knife team at Johnston-Willis Hospital is a dedicated and highly-skilled team of nurses and doctors providing our patients the most compassionate care.


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