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Building a Radiosurgery Practice

Abstract

Stereotactic radiosurgery is an important surgical tool for a variety of neurosurgical illnesses. As a minimally invasive, low-cost, and low-morbidity procedure, radiosurgery utilization has been increasing over the last several years. This chapter discusses the major issues regarding radiosurgery for resident training, physician credentialing, and practice development. Topics such as benefits to choosing to include radiosurgery in one’s practice, building a referral base, marketing, selecting a treatment platform, tackling space needs, and defining staff responsibilities, and reimbursement issues are addressed. Familiarity with the topics discussed should help the neurosurgeon successfully include radiosurgery in practice.

Keywords

Radiation Oncologist Trigeminal Neuralgia Residency Training Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery 
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Notes

Acknowledgement

This chapter is adapted, in part, from Litofsky NS, D’Agostino-Demers A: Building a radiosurgery program. In Chin LS, Regine WF (ed): Priniciples and Practice of Stereotactic Radiosurgery. New York, Springer, 2007. Pp 691–698.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neurological Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Missouri School of MedicineColumbiaUSA

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