Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Westchester Medical Center, the primary academic medical center of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), is poised to become a trailblazer in New York State by introducing the ZAP-X® Gyroscopic Radiosurgery®. This non-invasive surgical robotics platform is set to revolutionize brain cancer treatments across the Hudson Valley, making the medical center the first in the state to embrace this innovative technology. The installation of the ZAP-X platform is expected to commence in mid-2024.
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), recognized for its non-invasive and painless nature, has proven to be a significant advancement in treating various brain tumors and disorders of the brain, head, and neck. The ZAP-X system, celebrated for its groundbreaking design, employs gyroscopic mobility to accurately direct radiosurgical beams from numerous angles, ensuring precise radiation focus on the targeted tumor or area. This technique aims to enhance patient outcomes by avoiding critical structures such as the brain stem, eyes, and optic nerves, thereby minimizing exposure to healthy brain tissue and preserving cognitive function.
Of note, the ZAP-X system utilizes a modern linear accelerator for radiation generation, eliminating the reliance on Cobalt-60 radioactive sources. This advancement not only improves patient safety but also eliminates the logistical challenges and costs associated with hosting, securing, and regularly replacing radioactive isotopes. The installation of this cutting-edge technology underscores Westchester Medical Center's dedication to staying at the forefront of medical innovation and delivering exceptional care while minimizing the impact on patients' daily lives.