Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Hannover

Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center (251165)

Otto Bundschuh

Dr. med.

Otto Bundschuh

Specialized in: gamma knife, radiotherapy

About the department

The Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Hannover is the first clinic for radiotherapy and radiosurgery in Germany that offers the full range of radiotherapy: from all methods of imaging diagnostics up to intensity-modulated, imaging-guided radiation therapy with the use of a modern linear accelerator. The center specializes in radiosurgery by Gamma Knife, with the help of which both benign and malignant tumors in the head can be irradiated within a single session. The Chief Physician of the center is Germany's leading neurosurgeon, the founder of the Gamma Knife Center Hannover, Dr. med. Otto Bundschuh.

Immediately before the treatment, a precise localization of the tumor is determined by means of the best imaging methods. Thus, there is a guarantee that sudden changes of the disease will be taken into account during the treatment as well. To do this, the department’s team of radiologists has the cutting-edge imaging infrastructure, including both MRI and CT systems.

Based on radiological diagnostics and clinical data, the physicians of the department select the most appropriate treatment option and determine the type of irradiation for each patient individually: single or fractionated stereotactic high-precision radiotherapy with a linear accelerator. In extreme cases, there may be performed surgical resection.

A unique feature of the department is the use of the Gamma Knife. The Gamma Knife is used to irradiate both benign and malignant tumors in the head with a size of not more than 2.5-3 cm. Apart from the size of the tumor, the deciding factor is also the location of the tumor in relation to the important areas of the brain. Gamma Knife treatment is characterized by the highest accuracy, absolute reliability and is the most sparing technique. Also, which is no less important for the patient, radiation is painless and noiseless.

During radiosurgical treatment, the focus of the disease is not removed but neutralized or destroyed, and therefore in order to be sure of the effectiveness of treatment, there will be required regular postoperative follow-up examinations, with intervals from six months up to a year.

The Gamma Knife method has excellently proved itself in the treatment of the following pathologies:

Brain tumors

  • Single or multiple brain metastases (especially when located next to the functionally important areas of the brain)
  • Meningiomas
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Pituitary gland tumors
  • Chondrosarcomas
  • Mild recurrence of gliomas
  • Tumors, which due to their location, either cannot be removed at all or can be removed only partially by surgery (pathology of the base of the brain)

Vascular malformations

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVM)
  • Glomus tumor
  • Cavernous angiomas

Eye tumors

  • Malignant choroidal melanoma 
  • Metastasis in the orbit 

Functional disorders

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Another advantage of radiosurgery is that this form of therapy is usually outpatient. At the same time, its high tolerance contributes to the fact that the patient can leave the medical center the next day after the treatment session and continue their usual rhythm of life, for example, to return to work, go on a planned vacation or continue playing sports.


Curriculum vitae

  • Since 1998 Medical Specialist in Neurosurgery.
  • 2000 – 2008 Senior Physician at the International Neuroscience Institute (INI) – Neurosurgery, Hannover.
  • Since 2000 performing radiosurgical irradiation with the Gamma Knife.
  • 2008 – 2018 Head of the Gamma Knife Center Hannover, Rundestr.
  • Since 4/2018 Head of the Gamma Knife and Radiotherapy Center Hannover, Haltenhoffstr.  in conjunction with the Gamma Knife Center Krefeld.

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