Talk:Stereotactic surgery

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This article could benefit from an appraisal of the clinical issues surrounding its use.

For example, the reference:

Gamma knife radiosurgery October 2000 MSAC application 1028 Assessment report Commonwealth of Australia 2001

concludes p 67

"The poor methodological quality of published data precludes any definitive assessment of the safety and efficacy of gamma knife radiosurgery as a treatment option for arteriovenous malformations, cerebral metastases and acoustic neuroma. Due to differences in the characteristics of patients treated, it is not possible to determine whether radiosurgery treatment is superior to treatment with conventional methods (such as surgery). There is also insufficient information to determine conclusively whether one method of radiosurgery is superior to another."

I think this should be "stereotaxic surgery" Neurogeek 21:09, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

"Stereotaxic" was used for a while but the official spelling since 1973 is "stereotactic". Here's an excerpt from the Neurosurgery Cybermuseum:

The Sixth International Symposium held in Tokyo in 1973 marked a turning point. There was considerable discussion as to whether the acceptable spelling should be "stereotactic" or "stereotaxic". "Stereo-" is from the Greek root meaning "three-dimensional", and it was agreed to be appropriate. By majority vote, "stereotactic", combining the Latin root "to touch" rather than "steroetaxic" from the Greek root for an "arrangement" was accepted as the official spelling, since surgery involves introducing a probe to the target rather than merely defining the relationships.

--Rootdown 20:36, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

The link for atlas is soley concerned with the geographical sense, and none of the entries on the disambiguation page are relevant to an anatomical atlas. -- 11:37, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

Hello...please forgive me if I do not know how to edit this page. I am curious as to why the doses of radiation (the range) typically used in this type of surgery is not mentioned. Id this something someone could add to the page? Thank you! Peter McGovern Pmcg (talk) 22:09, 3 August 2012 (UTC)


All, I rewrote the stereotactic radiosurgery section and shuffled the sections around a bit. I found the section on stereotactic radiosurgery too general and the examples too specific. I tried to define and position the technique in the spectrum of external beam ionizing radiation technologies available (SRS, SRT, SBRT, RT) and document all the statements properly with external and internal references. Let me know if you disagree. malli (talk) 16:54, 17 May 2013 (UTC)