Forward-thinking medical specialists such as Louisiana neurosurgeon Dr. Ilyas Munshi take advantage of the technology revolution that has produced advanced products, including the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. Dr. Illyas Munshi and his equally enlightened peers utilize the system to treat malignant and non-cancerous tumors noninvasively. The first radiosurgery capability of its type, the CyberKnife delivers high-dose radiation beams with amazing accuracy, even retargeting when a patient moves. Throughout the process, in fact, the system continually corrects to ensure the accurate placement of radiation.
The CyberKnife system includes three major components: a lightweight linear accelerator that produces a high-energy radiation beam, a robot that points the accelerator from an array of angles, and multiple imaging cameras and software to track position. For physicians such as Dr. Munshi, the system provides a new tool for attacking tumors; for patients, particularly those with surgically complex or inoperable tumors, it means a pain-free, noninvasive option for treatment.