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Stereotactic Radiosurgery

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August

Stereotactic radiosurgery emits highly accurate gamma radiation beams to target the cells of the ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM) in the thalamus in order to destroy overactive cells that cause tremor. Surrounding areas remain untouched as beams of focused radiation are deployed. There is a chance radiation will spread to other parts of the brain and cause side effects due to inadvertent death of healthy tissue, and there is potential for unknown and potentially permanent side effects because it is difficult to accurately localize radiation dosage.

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