What is an iMRI?
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital offers an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI)
system to support its renowned Brain Institute
in providing treatment of children requiring surgery for brain tumors
or medically resistant epilepsy
. The hospital became the first pediatric facility in Florida to offer this leading-edge equipment. It brings MRI technology – recognized as the “gold standard” in differentiating between healthy and abnormal brain tissue—directly into the surgical suite to enhance surgical effectiveness and safety.
Benefits of the iMRI
The iMRI supports the hospital’s neurosurgeons
in maximizing resection of abnormal brain tissue. Studies demonstrate that use of an iMRI improves safety and effectiveness of surgery, offering the best possible neurosurgical results in the hands of an experienced surgical team.
Functionality of the iMRI
The iMRI (the IMRIS Surgical Theatre) is attached to a ceiling-mounted track system that brings the MRI directly to the child in the surgical suite, as needed. The high-resolution magnetic resonance images provide surgeons with a view of the affected area in real-time to determine if the targeted area is thoroughly treated or if surgical plans need to be adjusted before procedure completion.
When not in use, the iMRI is housed in a separate imaging suite, where it can be used for MRI procedures for hospital inpatients requiring post-anesthesia monitoring. The iMRI is integrated with the hospital’s Brainlab Cranial neuro-navigation application in the operating suite. This technology provides surgeons with “GPS-like guidance” within the brain.
Nearly 5,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year. Now new technology is helping doctors remove these tumors and save children from additional surgery.
Dr. John Ragheb, director of the division of neurosurgery, discusses guided imaging which brings MRI technology directly into the surgical suite to enhance safety and ensure complete removal of tumors and preservation of healthy tissue.