Friday, January 21, 2011

Lunder Building brings medical imaging technologies to the patient

LUNDER IMAGING: An architect’s rendering of a multi-axis imaging system much like what will be in the Lunder Building

With occupancy of the Lunder Building scheduled to take place this summer, many MGHers are curious about what services and departments will move into the new building.  The areas that will be located in the Lunder Building include expanded emergency services, radiation oncology, imaging, neurosciences, and surgical and procedural facilities.  To help the MGH community learn more about each area and their new capabilities and enhancements, MGH Hotline regularly will publish articles highlighting each service.

Medical imaging technologies, which are involved in nearly every discipline at the hospital, will be a feature of the Lunder Building’s procedural and operating room suites on the fourth floor and inpatient imaging suite located on the sixth floor. With enhanced access to the latest imaging technologies, physicians will be able to gain better diagnostic insight and understanding of their patients’ cases, even during surgical procedures, and critically ill patients will be in close proximity to inpatient imaging facilities.

On the Lunder Building’s fourth floor, procedural and operating room suites will integrate advanced imaging into traditional operating rooms. “These hybrid operating rooms allow MGH physicians increased flexibility and enhanced treatment options,” says
Rob Sheridan, RT(R), director of Interventional Imaging. State-of-the-art imaging will include intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and intraoperative computed tomography (CT).

“The operating rooms in the Lunder Building were designed to incorporate advanced medical imaging technology,” says Mary-Theresa Shore, MS, CIIP, RT(R)(CT)(MR), director of MGH Imaging Clinical Operations. “In these specialized rooms, the surgical team can manipulate exactly where the equipment or patient needs to be to set up for perfect placement for imaging. The CT scanner glides on floor rails and is equipped with robotic arms so that image ‘slices’ can be taken anywhere on the body without moving the patient off the table.”

“The fourth floor also will house a two-room suite for an intraoperative MRI,” Shore continues. “Historically, patients were brought to the MRI suite in the Imaging department after surgical procedures, but with this new technology, surgeons will conduct image-guided procedures using readily accessible, real-time images, eliminating the need to transport patients to another area. This not only increases efficiency, but more importantly, enhances patient safety and quality of care.”

The Lunder Building’s sixth floor, which is a neurology inpatient floor, will feature an inpatient imaging suite adjacent to patient rooms. This co-location of an MRI and a positron emission tomography-computed tomography scanner minimizes the stress and risk associated with moving critically ill patients to another area for imaging.

“Our patients are always at the center of all that we do,” says James H. Thrall, MD, radiologist-in-chief. “More than five years ago, when the Lunder Building operating rooms were being designed, we kept the patient at the forefront of all of our decisions and input. Now, as the building is poised to open later this year, we are so pleased to see our vision nearing fruition.”

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