A Comprehensive Patient Education Video for Radiosurgery of the Central Nervous System

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Title: A Comprehensive Patient Education Video for Radiosurgery of the Central Nervous System
Author: Fels, Thomas Jeffery
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis project was to produce a comprehensive patient education video describing the concept of radiosurgery and the terms associated with its use . This video will be viewed by patients recently diagnosed with a brain or spinal disorder who are contemplating radiosurgery , specifically the use of the Gamma Knife (r ) or the CyberKnife (r ) . Much of the information presented online does not provide a comprehensive overview of all of the potential risks involved in radiosurgery and damage to healthy tissue that may occur . By viewing this program that includes 3D and 2D animation , illustration , and written description , the patient will be informed of what is involved in radiosurgery including the possible strengths and weaknesses of radiosurgery . This video was designed to help the patients better understand the process of radiosurgery and how it may affect their life . This will assist doctors with consistent information that may be difficult to portray verbally to each patient . Consistent information in the form of a video can supplement communication between patient and physician . The patients may then be able to make informed decisions on whether they would like to use this technology in their radiation therapy .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /395
Date: 2009-06-17

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A Comprehensive Patient Education Video for Radiosurgery of the Central Nervous System. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /395 .

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