IMRIS launches world’s first MR-safe and CT-compatible neurosurgical horseshoe headrest


IMRIS has announced the launch of the world’s first MR-safe and CT-compatible horseshoe headrest on the market for the positioning of patients ranging from neonatal to adult during neurosurgical procedures requiring intraoperative imaging in the VISIUS surgical theatre.

The horseshoe headrest provides non-pinned head support in prone, lateral, and supine positions during head, neck and cervical spine surgeries where use of a head fixation device – a clamp-like device – is not desirable because the skull is too fragile for pinning.

“The IMRIS horseshoe headrest expands the use of intraoperative imaging to patients who cannot be positioned for surgery with a head fixation device, such as neonatal and young paediatric patients. This headrest may also be useful for other applications not requiring rigid fixation, such as those that access the skull through the nose,” says James Baumgartner, surgical director of the Comprehensive Paediatric Epilepsy Centre at Florida Hospital. “This will enhance an already sophisticated technology platform that includes intraoperative MR and the comprehensive team approach we have for paediatric tumour and epilepsy care.”