Philips and Brainlab Collaborate on Intra-Operative MRI for Neurosurgery


April 16, 2012

April 16, 2012 — Philips Healthcare announced it is collaborating with Brainlab AG to create a comprehensive intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution with the goal of streamlining neurosurgery procedures. Ingenia MR-OR is based on Philips’ digital broadband Ingenia MRI system, 1.5T and 3.0T, and is designed to be combined with Brainlab’s integrated operating room (OR) solutions.

MRI is used pre-operatively in neurosurgery planning for the removal of tumors in the brain. Traditionally during this surgery, updated MR patient information is not available to surgeons, neither allowing them to see the immediate impact of the intervention nor offering guidance to adapt surgical navigation in real-time.

The Philips’ MR-OR solution is designed to allow neurosurgeons to visualize the results of neurological procedures in real-time. This permits immediate access of patient information to facilitate surgical decision-making. In addition, the solution allows for the removal of a residual amount of a tumor before the surgical procedure is finished.

“Our collaboration with Brainlab offers a strong intra-operative solution for neurosurgeons,” said Falko Busse, vice president, MR therapy, Philips Healthcare. “With the unique capabilities that both of our solutions provide, including the possibility to connect two ORs on the front and back of the Ingenia MRI system, we are addressing neurosurgical needs.”

The Ingenia MR-OR is based on a two-room solution, making it possible for the system to be used both for intra-operative as well as for standard diagnostic imaging. Its design enables a short and smooth transfer of the patient to the system and fast imaging, thereby providing a quick review of the neurosurgery procedure. In addition, the Ingenia MR-OR can be used with two operating rooms, one on each side of the MRI magnet. This provides more flexibility for neurosurgery centers, offering the possibility to schedule patients from multiple ORs on the same MRI.

“Brainlab’s integrated OR helps to ensure that surgeons have access to high navigation accuracy throughout neurosurgery procedures,” said Stephan Holl, chief operating officer, Brainlab AG. “The technology automatically re-registers the newly generated images taken with Ingenia MR-OR, facilitating the ability to immediately continue the surgery with re-registered surgical navigation information, after the scan has been performed. Furthermore, all relevant patient information from intra- or extra-operative sources can be displayed and managed on Brainlab’s patient data management system.”

Philips and Brainlab are showcasing their recent developments together at the 2012 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Miami, April 14-18, 2012.

Availability of Ingenia MR-OR is expected by the end of 2012.

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Being a retired doctor, it still amazes me on how far science improved our healthcare setting.  Having a MRI on standby during operation and can be used intraoperatively is a big help for neurosurgeons performing complicates surgical procedures.  Use of anaesthesia for MRI was also discussed during anaesthesia congress, with the machine's design, it is possible not to sedate or use anaesthesia for younger children undergoing MRI. 

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