Neurosurgical Intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite


The Neurosurgical Intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite at Canberra HospitalPatients needing brain surgery and other neurological surgery can get leading edge treatment at the Neurosurgical Intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (IMRI) suite at Canberra Hospital.

The new facility is a two-room suite that includes IMRISneuro, which in the hands of the staff and surgeons at Canberra Hospital provides patients with the highest standard of treatment and care.

It provides state-of-the-art healthcare in an integrated suite of technology that includes a five tonne magnet that can be moved into the operating theatre to provide the ability for surgical imaging and evaluation within the operating room.

At the time that it opened, in September 2010, the new suite was amongst the most advanced in the country and was one of just four hospitals in the Asia-Pacific region - two in China and one in India - to include a movable MRI that allows surgeons to safely image patients in the operating room during a craniotomy for a brain tumour.

The ability for the five tonne magnet to enter the operating theatre during surgery enables the equipment to be moved around the patient, minimising movement of the patient during brain surgery, enhancing neurosurgical procedures.

It allows medical imaging during surgery, meaning surgeons can update images intraoperatively, increasing the extent and accuracy in certain tumour resection.

Construction of the suite represented some difficult challenges for the project team. The location of the suite is in the heart of the hospital, with stakeholders surrounding all sides - and also below in the Loading Dock.

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