On Aug. 1, MGH staff performed the first surgical case in the Lunder Building using intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI).

Lunder OR iMRI milestone



LUNDER LANDMARK: Top row, from left, Peter Dunn, MD, executive medical director of Perioperative Services; Maureen Hemingway, RN, OR clinical nurse specialist; Kristen Provost, RN; Curry; and Scott Farren, RN, clinical nurse manager for Neurosurgery and Vascular Surgery. Bottom row, Morrissey; Christina Simon, surgical technologist; Michele Szabo, MD, Anesthesia; and Jeremy Herrington, MRT, Radiology

On Aug. 1, MGH staff performed the first surgical case in the Lunder Building using intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI). The portable iMRI machine, which can move between operating rooms (OR) 86 and 87 on Lunder 4, allows surgeons immediate access to detailed, real-time images – enhancing the accuracy, safety and efficiency of complex surgical procedures. It is estimated that only 20 hospitals nationwide have iMRI capabilities.

“iMRI has been used before at the MGH, but it didn’t work the way we needed it to and wasn’t as powerful,” says Lisa Marie Morrissey, RN, nursing director for the OR. “Thanks to the collaboration of many departments and months of preparation and training, the first procedure using iMRI in the Lunder went smoothly and successfully.”

The technology enabled neurosurgeon Will Curry, MD, and a multidisciplinary team to clearly see the patient’s brain tumor while removing it, reducing the risk of damaging other parts of the brain and helping confirm the successful removal of the entire tumor. 

“The image quality was fantastic, and the process was seamless,” Curry says. “The capacity to perform high-resolution intraoperative MRI will help make tumor resection more thorough and safer, further improving patient outcomes.”

This first procedure was the culmination of efforts of an extensive interdisciplinary team – including staff from OR Administration, Imaging, Clinical Engineering, Perioperative Nursing, Neurosurgery and Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine – in conjunction with NBBJ Architects and Turner Construction.  

Read more articles from the 08/17/12 Hotline issue.


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