adioSurgery Canada

Basic Information




What is Radiosurgery?

Radiosurgery is a technology used to treat a variety of soft tissue conditions, from the skin to deeper tissues.

Instead of using a scalpel, radio waves do the cutting. 

Radiosurgery technology is somewhat similar to laser or electrosurgery, but it uses a different part of the electromagnetic spectrum than either. 

Instead of using light waves (like laser), and instead of using high-temperature, low-frequency waves (such as with electro-surgery), radiosurgery uses low-temperature, high-energy waves in the radio bandwidth.  (See the chart below).


Household         Electrosurgery                                      
  Current        Low Radiofrequency      AM Radio     
   Radiosurgery       TV       Microwave       X-ray        Laser
E   L   E   C   T   R   O   M   A   G   N  E   T   I   C                  E   N   E   R   G   Y                  S   P   E   C   T   R   U   M
60 Hz         100Hz          300 KHz           500 Khz           1.7 MHz    4.0 MHz          2500 MHz          Photon Energy
              High Temperature                      Low Temperature

What's the benefit of using radio waves instead of laser or electrosurgery? 

First, the low-temperature waves used by radiosurgery means that tissues are not burned like they are with electrosurgery.

And as you can see on the chart below, the Ellman radiosurgery machine's high energy waves penetrate much less deeply into peripheral tissue (0.02 mm) than CO2 laser (0.5 mm), Holmium laser (0.05 mm), or electrosugery (1.0 mm) units. 


The benefit to patients is that there is substantially less peripheral tissue destruction (by a factor of 25x compared to laser and by a factor of 50x compared to electrosurgery). 

Less peripheral damage to tissues means much greater precision and significantly faster healing times. 

Simply put, radiosurgery is an extremely precise way to perform surgery, creating much less trauma to surrounding tissues than other technologies.