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United Hospital's intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system allows surgeons to access real-time images during surgery and uses a unique ceiling-mounted track that moves the MRI to the patient rather than the patient being moved to the magnet.
Intraoperative MRI allows surgeons to scan the brain before surgery and during the procedure so that at each stage, the surgeons have more precise information to make better surgical decisions.
The facility design places the intraoperative MRI in a diagnostic room between two surgical suites. The magnet is mounted on a track that allows it to move from the diagnostic area into either operating room and then back into the diagnostic suite for surgery to continue.
In traditional MRI, imaging occurrs before and after a patient’s surgery to determine whether the surgical plan had been achieved.
By scanning during their case, surgeons can see just how much of a tumor or tissue they have removed while they are still in the operating room, thus reducing the need for additional procedures.
In addition to brain tumor surgery, the technology is instrumental during epilepsy surgery, aneurysm surgery, brain biopsies, catheter placements and some spinal applications, such as tumors or decompression of the spinal cord.
United Hospital is one of only nine medical centers across the country to offer this technology and is the only hospital designed to make the MRI available for both surgery and diagnostics.
The Intraoperative MRI is a partnership between United Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. For more information about Neuroscience United, please call 651-241-8600.
The Intraoperative MRI is a partnership between United Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.