Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 121, Issue 3–4, pp 140–145 | Cite as

Linear accelerator and Greitz-Bergstrom's head fixation system in radiosurgery of single cerebral metastases. A report of 86 cases

  • V. Valentino
  • M. A. Mirri
  • G. Schinaia
  • G. Dalle Ore
Clinical Articles


Between 1984 and 1991 86 patients with single cerebral metastases underwent linear accelerator radiosurgery using the atraumatic and reproducible Greitz-Bergström head-fixation device. Routine one-month follow-up documented disappearance of the tumour in 16 patients, with resolution of the oedema and ventricular shift. Shrinkage of the metastasis occurred in 51 patients. In 9 patients the tumour remained stable, in 7 there was progression of tumour size. Among the patients showing shrinkage of the tumour or unchanged tumour volume, repeated radiosurgery resulted in disappearance of the metastasis in 5 and further shrinkage in 28. In 14 patients routine stereotacitc CT follow-up study led to the detection of a new metastasis, again treated with excellent results. Local recurrence occurred in 2 patients and radiation necrosis in the target area in 5 patients. Radiosurgery thus proves to be an appropriate alternative to surgery. The versatility of our non-invasive and painless method permits CT staging (which we consider essential) without hospitalization of the patient.


Radiosurgery linear accelerator cerebral metastases stereotaxis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Valentino
    • 1
  • M. A. Mirri
    • 1
  • G. Schinaia
    • 2
  • G. Dalle Ore
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro di RadiochirurgiaClinica FlaminiaRome
  2. 2.Dipartimento di BiologiaII Università degli studi di RomaRome
  3. 3.Clinica Neurochirurgica dell' Università di TorinoTurinItaly

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