Tampa General Hospital launches advanced intraoperative MRI use with first cases


IMRIS has announced that a University of South Florida neurosurgical team at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), USA, completed initial cases last week using its recently installed VISIUS intraoperative MRI. The first case was a right parietal high-grade glioma.

“We can now see how a patient’s surgery is going and affect the outcome rather than complete the surgery and accept the outcome,” says Harry van Loveren, TGH neurosurgeon, interim dean of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, USA (also chair of the college’s department of neurosurgery and brain repair). “Having this level of imaging available during complicated neurosurgeries, we anticipate improving surgical results and reducing the number of re-operations.”

The two-room VISIUS Surgical Theatre at TGH features a high-field MR that travels to the patient using ceiling-mounted rails, it says in company press release. The fully-integrated suite allows the scanner to move between an operating room and a diagnostic room, providing on-demand access to high resolution MR images—before, during and after procedures without moving the patient from the OR table.