PULS OF TIME RADIO SURGY
– WITH ZAP-X-TECHNOLOGY
Those who are diagnosed with a brain tumour (such as acoustic neuroma or meningeoma) usually find themselves and their relatives confronted with a new life situation. Questions about possible treatment options quickly arise. ZAP-X is one of these options and
represents an outpatient alternative or supplement to a classic surgical operation or conventional irradiation – all of which is state-of-the-art in medicine and technology.
ADVANTAGES OF TREATMENT
Alternative to surgery
ZAP-X offers a promising treatment option without the disadvantages of a classic operation.
Treatment with ZAP-X does not cause pain.
No anaesthesia required
During treatment with ZAP-X anaesthesia will not be performed.
Usually only one treatment with ZAP-X is needed. This takes about 30 minutes.
ZAP-X can fight tumours such as acoustic neuroma, meningeoma or brain metastases in the sub-millimeter range. This protects healthy tissue.
A frame fixation on the skull is not necessary with ZAP-X.
With ZAP-X, a so-called turret system selects the required beam diameter according to the treatment plan.
Therapy with ZAP-X does not require a prolonged hospital stay.
Alternative to conventional irradiation
In many cases, ZAP-X can replace conventional radiation therapy that lasts several weeks.
Treatment with ZAP-X is possible in the following head and neck indications:
TREATMENT WITH ZAP-X AT ERC-MUNICH
This is how the ZAP-X treatment process works at ERC Munich.
After the patient has contacted us (in person, via e-mail or by telephone), we at ZAP Munich first need the respective findings, including MRI and CT images, in order to get a picture of tumor or metastasis factors and questions such as:
- How large is the tumor/metastases?
- Where is the tumor/metastases located?
- What form does the tumor/metastases have?
We then check whether the treatment with ZAP-X is appropriate and discuss our results with the patient.
If the case is suitable for treatment with ZAP-X, the available data will be transferred to the computer. Now it is checked:
- How is the irradiation done?
- How is the irradiation dosed?
- What is the best way to protect diseased tissue?
On the day of treatment, there is a brief preparation and briefing for the patient. Then it goes to the treatment, during which the patient is allowed to lie comfortably. On average, treatment with ZAP-X takes about 30 minutes. The patient can leave our centre on the same day – after a final discussion with the treating doctor, of course.
Each tumour responds differently to treatment – just like metastases: Sometimes the disappearance takes a little longer, but the growth may have been stopped immediately. Sometimes already irradiated tissue has to be retreated. Quarter to six months after the treatment, an initial check-up is performed, during which current images from the MRI are viewed.