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Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. (7 December, 2018) – IMRIS, Deerfield Imaging, the global leader in intraoperative MRI, announced today that Prince Sultan Military Medical City (hereafter referred to as ‘PSMMC’), in collaboration with distributor Gulf Medical Company, signed a formal agreement to install the first IMRIS Surgical Theatre in Saudi Arabia. Construction at the PSMMC site is currently underway, with anticipated completion in late 2019.

The IMRIS Surgical Theatre uniquely provides intraoperative imaging by transporting the MR scanner between rooms on a ceiling-mounted rail system. At PSMMC, the new IMRIS Surgical Theatre will be a two-room configuration — one room for surgery and the other for diagnostic scanning for outpatient needs. The scanner travels directly to the patient while the patient remains stationary on the operating table. Keeping the patient stationary reduces the risk of infection. With real-time visualization of the anatomy, neurosurgeons can evaluate their progress and confirm results, which reduces the need for follow-up surgeries. Intraoperative imaging also enables neurosurgeons to use perform minimally-invasive procedures, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) and laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT).

Formerly known as Riyadh Military Hospital, PSMMC is located in the heart of Riyadh City, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It is considered to be one of the most advanced medical centers in the Middle East. PSMMC is the Medical Services Department (MSD) of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation (MODA). Gulf Medical Company is one of the largest distributors in Saudi Arabia, and has vast experience working with medical device companies for large, turnkey hospital projects like the IMRIS Surgical Theatre at PSMMC.

“We enthusiastically look forward to this upcoming project that will definitely act as a cornerstone for a new era for IMRIS in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Emad M. Farid, Area Manager, Central Region – KSA for Gulf Medical Company.”