Contemporary Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Technique and Evaluation / Edition 1

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The exponential growth and acceptance rate of stereotactic radiosurgery (as measured by recognized indications and number of treating centers) has been coupled with concern about its possible over-utilization and long-term risks. To provide the most balanced account possible of this controversy, each chapter in this book is followed by a critical commentary from an expert on each indication; often one who does not perform radiosurgery. As a result, the reader benefits from an intelligent discussion of the clinical indications by both advocates and critics of radiosurgery.

The book's contributors, true leaders in the field from the United States, Europe, and Japan, represent a wide variety of experience and opinion. Whereas earlier texts devoted large sections to the actual equipment used to perform radiosurgery, as the field matures it is now clear that the technique can be performed equally well with a variety of technologies. Thus, this book has just one chapter on technology, and otherwise concentrates on appropriate indications, use, and patient outcomes.

It is the author's hope that neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists and neurologists will use the information in this text to decide for themselves the role that radiosurgery should play in treating patients with neurologic disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Celso Agner, MD, MS, MSc (Michigan Neurology Partners)
Description: Since the development of stereotaxic radiosurgery, different applications have been developed, including in trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, and other situations in which a decrease in the overall size contributes to better management a posteriori.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to compile the different applications of stereotaxic radiosurgery in modern practice. Those objectives were clearly met by all authors, who incorporate their own experience in the realm of radiosurgery for vascular malformations, neoplasms, and other intracranial conditions.
Audience: The primary audience is composed of neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and radiation oncologists. Neurologists should be included in the audience as well, for they interact with patients who will eventually need radiosurgery to mitigate or treat their medical conditions. All authors and commentators are well-known authorities in the field.
Features: The 15 chapters are written by 56 authors. The expertise of the authors is unquestioned, as many of them have dedicated their careers to pursuing avenues in the management of multiple neurological conditions via stereotaxis. Using excellent illustrations, this book presents all modern imaging modalities and their application to the determination of surgical targets.
Assessment: This is an important work on stereotaxis for the nervous system and should be purchased for neurosurgical libraries.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879937089
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Bruce E. Pollock.

1. Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Evolution, Lessons Learned, and Integration into Neurosurgical Practice.

Bruce E. Pollock.

Comment: L. Dade Lunsford.

2. Physical Aspects of Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

Michael G. Herman, Edwin C. McCullough.

Comment: Joseph C.T. Chen, Michael L J. Apuzzo.

3. Radiobiological and Dosimetric Considerations in Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

John C. Flickinger.

Comment: David W. Andrews.

4. Dose Selection and Prediction of Stereotactic Radiosurgery Outcomes.

Bengt Karlsson.

Comment: David M.C. Forster.

5. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Arteriovenous Malformations.

Masaaki Yamamoto.

Comment: Fredric B. Meyer.

6. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Dural Arteriovenous Fistulae.

Michael J. Link, Bruce E. Pollock, Douglas A. Nichols, Jonathan A. Friedman, Deborah A. Gorman, Robert L. Foote, Scott L. Stafford.

Comment: Daniel L. Barrow.

7. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Cavernous Malformation.

Steven D. Chang, Richard P. Levy, David P. Martin, Gary K. Steinberg, John R. Adler Jr.

Comment: Fred G. Barker II, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani, Jay S. Loeffler.

8. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Meningioma.

Scott L. Stafford, Bruce E. Pollock, Robert L. Foote, Michael J. Link, Paula J. Schomberg.

Comment: Robert D. Strang, Ossama Al-Mefty.

9. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannoma.

Jean RĂ©gis, P.H. Roche, Ch. Delsanti, O. Soumare, J.M. Thomassin, W. Pellet.

Comment: Rick A. Friedman, Derald E. Brackmann.

10. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Pituitary Adenoma.

Alex M. Landolt, Nicoletta Lomax, Stefan G. Scheib.

Comment: Mary Lee Vance.

11. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases.

Bruce E. Pollock, Paul D. Brown.

Comment: Edward G. Shaw.

12. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Glial Tumors.

Gene H. Barnett, John H. Suh.

Comment: Philip H. Gutin.

13. Stereotactic Radiosurgery of Chordomas, Glomus Tumors, and Malignant Skull Base Tumors.

Robert L. Foote, Bruce E. Pollock, Scott L. Stafford.

Comment: Mark E. Linskey.

14. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Kris A. Smith, C. Leland Rogers.

Comment: Kim J. Burchiel.

15. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Epilepsy and Movement Disorders.

Douglas Kondziolka, Dhruv Singhal, Ajay Niranjan, L. Dade Lunsford.

Comment: Aviva Abosch, Andres M. Lozano

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