SRS for brain & spinal abnormalities

A more specialised type of radiotherapy, called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), is offered at The Christie at Salford Royal.

  • How does it differ to normal radiotherapy?
  • How SRS works
  • Who can benefit from SRS?
  • Our service

How does it differ to normal radiotherapy?

Stereotactic Radiosurgery is a very precise and accurate method of giving a high dose of radiotherapy to small areas of the brain or spine.  It can be done as an outpatient appointment, meaning no hospital stay is required. 

How SRS works?

Due to the high precision and accuracy, the use of Stereotactic Radiosurgery allows radiotherapy to be delivered over a few sessions using a high dose per day, usually over 1, 3 or 5 alternate days.

Patients undergoing Stereotactic Radiosurgery will need to have several planning scans prior to beginning treatment in order for the doctor to be able to plan the treatment accurately. Treatment is usually delivered within a few weeks of the planning scans.

SRS is delivered using a Novalis Tx linear accelerator equipped with the BrainLab ExacTrac Imaging equipment and patients are able to go home immediately after treatment has been delivered.

Who can benefit from SRS?

The Christie at Salford Royal for several brain abnormalities including brain metastases, vestibular schwannoma’s and meningioma’s; and we are currently in the process of implementing this treatment for some spinal abnormalities.

Our service

The Christie radiotherapy centre based at Salford Royal has been recognised internationally for the standard of care it provides to our patients and commitment to patient safety. We achieved Novalis CertifiedTM accreditation in 2014 for our Stereotactic Radiosurgery service and were one of the first centres in Europe to achieve this. 

We currently treat approximately 90 patients per year with SRS for brain abnormalities and have been doing so since December 2011.

A group of specially trained Radiographers, Physicists and Clinical Oncologists are dedicated to delivering SRS. This team works closely with the The Greater Manchester Neurosciences centre at Salford Royal Foundation Trust who is of one of the UK’s biggest neuroscience services. 

Our service will soon be offering SRS for spinal re-irradiation.