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Intraoperative MRI

The 2017 opening of Cambridge Tower A at The University of Kansas Health System brought with it the region's only intraoperative MRI (iMRI) located adjacent to the surgical suite. This allows neurosurgeons to capture brain scans during procedures and use them to evaluate the progress of the procedure. If the images reveal damaged brain tissue remaining, doctors can refine the surgical plan in real time. This allows care teams to improve the results of surgeries, often eliminating the need for a second procedure. It also improves safety, as patients no longer must be moved for imaging while under anesthesia.

The interoperative MRI enables surgeons to capture images during surgeries to assess progress and refine procedures in real time.
iMRI means intraoperative MRI, which means that it is used in surgery at the time, usually, of an open cranial neurosurgical procedure. There are all kinds of issues transporting an anesthetized patient to different floors, different rooms, many a long distance away. Now, we have the MRI, essentially, immediately adjacent. So, the person doesn't even need to leave the operating room bed. The same bed, literally, slides right into the MRI scanner, which is adjacent so we can maintain sterility. We don't have the issues with transporting patients long distances. The anesthesia circuit is maintained, in many cases. And, so, it's a much safer experience for the patient.