Interstitial Radiosurgery with Iodine-125 Seeds in the Treatment of Brain Metastases, Glial Tumours and Benign Intracranial Lesions

  • Michael TrippelEmail author
  • Thomas Reithmeier
  • Guido Nikkhah
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 117)


In a retrospective single-centre study, we analysed data of 1,378 patients (55 % male, 45 % female) who underwent interstitial radiotherapy with 1,596 implanted Iodine-125 seeds in the Department of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in Freiburg from January 1990 to December 2011. The medical prerequisites and physical parameters of the treatment with Iodine-125 seeds are given. The method used in Freiburg relying on temporary Iodine-125 seed implants is described in detail and analysed. The survival rates and the peri-operative risk are evaluated. We conclude that interstitial radiosurgery with Iodine-125 seeds is a safe and useful tool, offering a wide range of treatment options for benign and also malignant intracranial lesions, especially if they are small, deep-seated, in eloquent areas, or not suitable for micro-surgery.


Brachytherapy Iridium-192 Iodine-125 Seeds Interstitial radiotherapy Stereotactic biopsy Glioma Low-grade glioma Brain tumours Metastases Hamartoma Child Adults Survival Adverse events 



I want to thank my teacher Professor Dr. C. B. Ostertag for giving us deep insights in the significance, practice, and handling of iodine seeds. We thank Professor M. Schumacher and his distinguished team from the Department of Neuroradiology, University Medical Centre Freiburg for their cooperation, and for providing us with excellent MRI imaging. Vera Gumpp from the Tumorzentrum Ludwig Heilmeyer, Comprehensive Cancer Center Freiburg (CCCF), University Medical Centre Freiburg supplied us with precise and controlled survival data. We thank Ms. Manuela Fellmann for her excellent work in the preparation of the International Congress on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Stereotactic Neurosurgery in Freiburg, and for the handling of our manuscripts for this supplement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Trippel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas Reithmeier
    • 1
  • Guido Nikkhah
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgical ClinicUniversity Medical Center FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Division of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of General Neurosurgery , Neurosurgical ClinicUniversity Medical Center FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Neurosurgical ClinicUniversity Hospital ErlangenErlangenGermany

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