Precise diagnosis of brain disorders requires skill and experience in
patient evaluation and in the use and interpretation of specialized
Lankenau neurosurgeons offer high-level expertise in diagnosing
brain disorders and use the most advanced and precise diagnostic
and imaging technologies to pinpoint a diagnosis and help guide
Diagnostic and Imaging Technologies
Specialized tests available for evaluation and diagnosis of structural
brain disorders include:
High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
High-resolution computed tomography (CT)
CT angiography and magnetic resonance angiography
Nuclear imaging studies, including positron emission
tomography (PET), single-photon emission CT (SPECT), and
Lankenau neurosurgeons offer comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical
options for the treatment
of brain disorders, including stereotactic radiosurgery. Specific
treatment plans are tailored to each patient based on diagnosis,
symptoms, and a consideration of all patient and medical factors that
may impact outcomes.
Treatment goals for all patients are to:
Treat the disorder
Improve quality of life
Minimize treatment-related risks
Use the least invasive approach possible
neurosurgeons specialize in surgical treatment of structural brain
disorders and offer a full range of surgical approaches, including
minimally invasive and microneurosurgical procedures. A rigorous
screening process ensures that surgery is offered only to patients who
will benefit most from surgical treatment. The specific procedure that
is recommended is the one that offers the best-possible outcomes.
At Lankenau, neurosurgical specialists use the latest
technologies aimed at improving the safety and effectiveness of
brain surgery, including frameless “GPS systems” (stereotactic image
guidance) for precisely locating tumors and other lesions, brain mapping
techniques that allow avoidance of critical areas involved in movement
and speech, and intraoperative monitoring of motor and sensory function.
Minimally invasive brain surgery, including endoscopic
surgery for pituitary tumors
Shunt placement for hydrocephalus
Skull base surgery
Tractography for brain tumor surgery
Vagus nerve stimulation
Following surgery, patients are cared for in Lankenau’s state-of-the-art
critical care unit with 24-hour coverage by an intensive care physician.
A case manager is involved early in the postoperative period to ensure a
seamless continuum of care after patient discharge from the hospital.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is not true surgery, in that there is no
incision. Instead, precisely targeted, high-intensity beams of radiation
are used to remove a tumor or other abnormality within the brain.
Several types of radiosurgery are practiced, the most common being
focused-beam radiosurgery. One method of performing focused-beam
radiosurgery is with the highly advanced TrueBeam
STx linear accelerator.
At Lankenau Medical Center, TrueBeam STx is used
to treat many brain disorders, including benign and cancerous tumors,
vascular malformations, and facial pain syndromes. TrueBeam
STx delivers a powerful dose of radiation to a precise target in the
brain. Patients experience little or no discomfort during the procedure,
go home the same day, and are generally able to resume normal activities
At Lankenau, TrueBeam SRS treatments are performed by a specialized team
of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, and
radiation physicists, who work as an integrated team to provide
comprehensive patient care.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.