Faster. Stronger. Better than ever.

The University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign is bringing the most advanced Gamma Knife to the University of Alberta Hospital.

Brain disorders can happen to anyone. And when they do, you want to have the best people and the best technology to help you heal. Thanks to our donors, neurosurgeons at the University of Alberta Hospital can do more than ever before for patients with potentially debilitating brain conditions.

“We wanted to develop our minimally invasive and noninvasive programs, and Gamma Knife is a huge step towards that,” said Dr. Keith Aronyk, Clinical Department Head for Neurosciences atthe University of Alberta Hospital.

What is Gamma Knife?

Gamma Knife is the most revolutionary, and noninvasive, treatment for life threatening growths and malformations on your brain – and it’s coming to the Scott and Brown Families Advanced Imaging & Gamma Knife Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Gamma Knife is technology that treats brain disorders with radiation instead of a drill and scalpel. This saves patients from undergoing general anesthetic, blood loss, infection risks, and prolonged recoveries.


Gamma Knife is now better than ever, with the advanced new ICON system making Gamma Knife procedures safer, faster, and more convenient. It’s the next step in Gamma Knife technology. And with your support, we’re bringing it to Edmonton.

Helping patients

Gamma Knife is also a viable alternative to traditional surgery for thousands of Canadians suffering from blood vessel malformations, severe facial pain, and certain movement disorder and epilepsy cases.


Ross Marshall tells his story about Gamma Knife

Ross Marshall"I was dizzy all the time, I had no balance and I lost hearing in my right ear.

My doctor sent me for a CT scan and an MRI. They both showed I had a tumour the size of a golf ball growing on my brain.

That’s when I met with Dr. Max Findlay, a neurosurgeon. He told me I had two choices – a full removal of the tumour by removing my skull cap, or Gamma Knife. I went with Gamma Knife.

The risks of the regular surgery were way too high for me –infection, facial paralysis, sensory loss.

I went to Winnipeg for the Gamma Knife. Surgery itself was nothing. I had dinner and went out to a movie that night. I flew home the next day."



Gamma Knife in the News

Edmonton Journal - Brain surgery without a scalpel a reality in Edmonton
Global Edmonton - Painless, no scalpel surgery coming to Edmonton
630 CHED - Painless, bladeless brain surgery coming to University Hospital


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