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Designing value-focused, workflow-specific, outcome-driven hybrid surgical environments.
At IMRIS, we unlock the value of disruptive innovations through purposeful design. Once we’ve discovered your objectives and determined the best technologies to meet them, our team of architects & engineers work with you to configure a custom surgical environment.
Our Design objectives include:
- Optimizing the hybrid environment for a variety of hybrid imaging modalities, including: MRI, CT and Angiogram.
- Forming a partnership between hospital clinicians and IMRIS clinical specialists to harmonize the intraoperative space with your workflow.
- Designing for distinct, groundbreaking technology, like IMRIS’ “movable” ceiling-mounted iMRI.
- Incorporating safety elements, like collision-detection systems and “gauss lines.”
- Establishing a sterile surgical field.
- Collaborating with other hospital departments.
- Meeting with key stakeholders throughout.
STORIES FROM THE THEATRE
“A Seismic Challenge.”
Sometimes, we have a situation where a hospital has a specific challenge that requires us to innovate the fundamentals of intraoperative design. That was the case for one of our clients in Japan.
Japan is what we call ‘a seismic event-prone region.’ They get many earthquakes, similar to California. As you can imagine, earthquakes can be really detrimental to intraoperative imaging quality.
The ‘seismic system’ we created is the first of its kind. It consists of a stabilizer pad mounted directly under the magnet, along with generally increased structural stability. It’s been highly successful. Since installing the system, 91 patients have undergone neurosurgical intervention with the iMRI. During that time, we’ve had 169 seismic events in the area, and they affected neither the integrity nor the performance of the system.
Good design doesn’t involve a template. You have to consider hundreds of unique variables, both within and beyond the OR itself.
– Jorge Kern, Senior Technical Specialist, IMRIS
HYBRID MODALITIES INTO THE OR.
Intraoperative imaging is the future of neurosurgery. By bringing MRI, CT and Angiogram modalities into the sterile field, surgeons can perform new, minimally invasive procedures and achieve better resection rates.
Our team of architects and designers integrate a variety of imaging modalities into the surgical environment, including MRI, CT and Angiograms.
For the first time, surgeons can perform diagnostic-quality imaging mid-resection without moving the patient. This is essential to improving outcomes, as keeping the patient immobilized in the sterile field significantly decreases the risk of infection and trauma.
Capable of transporting an 8-ton iMRI scanner between multiple rooms, our unique hanging rail system elevates the human experience like never before.
ACHIEVING DIAGNOSTIC-QUALITY IMAGING
WITH INNOVATIVE RF SHIELDING.
Proper MR-imaging requires a sealed environment, free from electromagnetic interference. To ensure the imaging modalities produce premium, diagnostic-quality images, we design a patented RF-shielding system, featuring:
- Copper paneling for walls, ceiling and floorspace
- Unique sliding doors between rooms
- RF-shielded windows and access doors
- Wave guides, electrical filters & penetrations
- Distinct electrical systems for fluid surgical/imaging transitions
PROVIDING A VISIBLE WORKSPACE
WITH MR-COMPATIBLE LIGHTING.
We select premium boom & lighting-equipment specifically for intraoperative MR environments. Then, we configure the lighting for intraoperative imaging – ensuring the clinical team can safely and efficiently position equipment outside the magnetic field.
MAINTAINING A STERILE ENVIRONMENT
WITH REGULATED AIRFLOW.
We design the hybrid IMRIS Surgical Theatre to maintain sterility at all times. Whether it’s during surgery or imaging, an “air curtain” always surrounds the patient on the OR table. Meanwhile, positive air-pressure and minimized mixing of room & supply-air maintain the sterile environment.
HARMONIZING TECHNOLOGIES WITH
A surgeon’s workflow is as unique as the surgeon themselves. When designing a Surgical Theatre, our architects & designers leverage a deep understanding of the clinical team’s specific workflow to inform every element of design. We also consistently engage the surgeon, who must approve the design at key milestones.