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CyberKnife® Radiosurgery

If your doctor orders Cyberknife radiosurgery, you'll get fast, incredibly precise treatment with no overnight hospital stay. You'll find this advanced technology at Virginia Hospital Center, the only Arlington-area facility that offers CyberKnife with enhancements that shorten your setup and treatment time.

How CyberKnife WorksDr. Nadim Nasr & CyberKnife

CyberKnife is a noninvasive treatment for tumors. It uses focused beams of radiation to destroy cancer cells. The system uses real-time imaging to track the location of your tumor and adjusts radiation beams to target the cancer precisely—reducing damage to nearby healthy tissue. Sometimes, your doctor may recommend CyberKnife instead of open surgery.


CyberKnife treats benign and cancerous tumors:

  • Brain, spine, and skull base
  • Breast
  • Gastrointestinal tract, including pancreas and liver
  • Gynecologic 
  • Head and neck
  • Lung
  • Prostate
  • Other soft-tissue organs

What to Expect

Because CyberKnife uses high doses of radiation, you'll need only one to five treatments, each lasting just 30 minutes to two hours.

Usually, a body cradle will help you stay in the same position throughout treatment. But if you have a brain, head or neck tumor, you'll wear a custom mask to keep your head and neck in position. You can breathe normally throughout treatment.

After each pain-free treatment, you can return immediately to your daily activities. You may even experience fewer side effects than with traditional radiation therapy.


You'll need a computed tomography (CT) scan, and sometimes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to help your care team plan treatment. Your doctor may place tiny metal markers in or near the tumor two or three weeks before treatment to help guide the radiation beam.

Before and after each session of radiosurgery, a nurse will discuss your treatment and any medication or dietary changes you must make. Feel free to ask questions.

Insurance Coverage

Most insurance plans cover CyberKnife treatments. Ask us for help determining your coverage and understanding your financial responsibility.

Access Mayo Clinic’s Expertise

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Virginia Hospital Center brings the world-renowned expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic to our community. How can I access the expertise of Mayo Clinic? It’s simple – all you need is to be under the care of a physician on Virginia Hospital’s Center medical Staff. 

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