Ballet: A Story from the Theatre.

IMRIS Surgical Theatre


Today, as her parents sit in the waiting room, a surgical team will perform an operation that could save this young patient’s life. On their side is an ensemble of groundbreaking technology and human-centric design.

This is the kind of story surgeons experience every day in The IMRIS Surgical Theatre.


Surgical Workflow




1.) Today, a young patient is undergoing a tumor-resection in Operating Room 1.




2.) As the clinical team operates, radiology scans several patients in the Diagnostic Room, separated from the two adjacent ORs by sliding doors. By enabling radiology to run diagnostic imaging during the operation, the hospital makes full use of the magnet – maximizing their return-on-investment.




3.) At this point, the surgeon believes they have removed the tumor, and it looks like the operation is a success. However, before concluding, the clinical team will scan the patient with the moveable iMRI – ensuring maximum resection. The team prepares the OR for the magnet, using the Gauss Line (a semi-circle painted on the OR floor) as reference to position equipment.


IMRIS Surgical Workflow


4.) The bay doors open. Using the unique hanging rail system, the moveable iMRI moves to the patient, who’s in optimal scanning position on the IMRIS Surgical Table. By moving the MRI to the patient – rather than moving the patient to the MRI – the risk of trauma & infection is significantly reduced.



5.) The iMRI scans the patient and quickly returns to the magnet bay. Meanwhile, stationed in the Control Room, radiology prepares a report for the surgeon. The results are in; more of the tumor will need to be resected. The procedure will take longer than anticipated; but, in this case, the patient won’t have to return for an additional operation, which would have exposed her once again to the inherent risks of neurosurgery.




6.) Throughout the operation, a separate team has been preparing for a procedure in Operating Room 2. This time, the team will perform laser ablation on an infant patient, one of the many cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedures made possible with intraoperative imaging.

This is the kind of story the world’s leading neurosurgeons experience every day – thanks to the consulting, design, creation and support services provided by IMRIS.

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