Before your procedure, your provider performs an in-depth treatment planning process using three-dimensional imaging tests, such as CT, MRI or PET/CT. This will determine the tumor’s precise coordinates, along with its specific size and shape. A personalized plan is developed for optimal patient position, and a radiation beam design pattern is also created to ensure the radiation enters the patient’s body from different angles and at different intensities to precisely target the affected area.
Stereotactic radiosurgery is an outpatient procedure and preparations will most likely be minimal. Your providers may ask you not to eat or drink anything the night before your treatment, and you should tell your providers about any medications you are taking.
Receiving a stereotactic radiosurgery treatment is similar to receiving an X-ray. You will not feel the high doses of radiation, but you may see flashes of light. The procedure is painless and typically lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.
You should be able to leave the facility about an hour after your procedure, and you may need someone to drive you home. You should be able to return to your normal activities by the next day.
You’ll check in with your oncologist or neurologist and continue with additional treatment.