News | April 30, 2014

Tampa General Hospital Launches Advanced Intraoperative MRI Use With First Cases

Imris Visius iMR improves surgical results and patient outcomes for neurosurgery

Imris Visius iMR Tampa General Hospital

Harry van Loveren, TGH neurosurgeon, interim dean of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and chair of the college's department of neurosurgery and brain repair, stands with the newly installed Imris Visius

April 30, 2014 — Imris Inc. announced that a University of South Florida neurosurgical team at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) completed initial cases using its recently installed Visius intraoperative MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) — providing the most advanced surgery and operating suite in the Tampa Bay area. The first case was a right parietal high-grade glioma — a type of brain tumor.

"We can now see how a patient's surgery is going and affect the outcome rather than complete the surgery and accept the outcome," said Harry van Loveren, TGH neurosurgeon, interim dean of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and 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. The fully integrated suite allows the scanner to move between an operating room (OR) 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.

For more information: www.imris.com

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