PIONEERING INTRAOPERATIVE DESIGN.
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 intraoperative design objectives include:
- Optimizing the hybrid surgical environment for a variety of imaging modalities, including: MRI, CT and Angiography
- Forming partnerships between hospital clinicians and IMRIS clinical specialists to harmonize the intraoperative space with your workflow
- Designing for distinct, groundbreaking technology, like the IMRIS ceiling-mounted iMRI
- Incorporating patient safety mechanisms, like collision-detection systems and gauss lines
- Collaborating with other hospital departments
- Meeting with key stakeholders throughout the process
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
IMAGING MODALITIES INTO THE OR.
Intraoperative imaging is the future of neurosurgery. By integrating imaging modalities into the surgical environment, surgeons can perform new, minimally invasive procedures and achieve better resection rates using intraoperative MRI. 1,2, 6-9
- *Chicoine MR et al, Acta Neurochir Suppl. 2011
- *Chen et al, Springer-Verlag 2011
- Bohinski et al, Neurosurgery, 2001
- Wirtz et al, Neurosurgery, 2000
- Lenaburg et al, Technol Cancer Res Treat 2009
- Knauth et al, AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 1999
- Hatiboglu et al, Neurosurgery 2009
- *Wu et al, Neurosurgery 2014
- *Mohammadi AM et al, Cleveland Clinic, Neurosurgery 2014
*Studies using IMRIS Surgical Theatre. See www.IMRIS.com for complete reference information.
Our team of architects and designers integrate a variety of imaging modalities into the surgical environment, including MRI, CT and Angiography.
WORLD-RENOWNED SURGICAL THEATRES.
For the first time, surgeons can perform diagnostic-quality imaging without moving the patient. With years of experience designing world-renowned surgical theatres, IMRIS also provides effective site planning services, including:
- Conceptual study reporting
- Site evaluation & preliminary planning
- Vibration testing
- Schematic designing
- Workflow optimization
FOR THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS AND CLINICAL STAFF.
IMRIS is the only company in the world with the technology to transport a 7.2 ton magnet between the operating and diagnostic rooms. The ceiling-mounted rail system is one of the kind. When designing your IMRIS theatre, we focus on two objectives:
- Safety of the patient and clinical staff
- Optimizing workflow, while maintaining diagnostic quality imaging
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 floor space
- 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 help maintain sterility. 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 and supply-air helps to maintain the sterile environment.
HARMONIZING TECHNOLOGIES WITH
When designing your IMRIS Surgical Theatre, our architects and program managers work with IMRIS clinical applications specialists to gain an understanding of your clinical team’s specific workflow, which helps to inform elements of the design. We also consistently engage the surgeon during this process, who must approve the design at key milestones. We collaborate with every stakeholder to answer these questions – from surgeons and anesthesiologists to hospital administration. Throughout the process, IMRIS’ clinical specialists work closely with your hospital’s clinical staff to ensure the solution is in harmony with your clinical workflow.