Behind the Scenes: Henry Ford Hospital’s New iMRI

I normally do not use this blog to tout the technological advantages of Henry Ford Hospital, despite the many such wonders that we have on the Detroit Campus.

I am breaking that mold to inform you of an exciting new technology at Henry Ford Hospital that is providing neurosurgeons with an amazingly detailed view of brain tumors during surgery.

The Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) scanner – the first and only one in Michigan – makes it possible to safely and effectively navigate the brain to remove the maximum amount of tumor tissue, improving patient outcomes. The iMRI also will aid in the treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and neuro-psychiatric disorders.

In the above video clip, neurosurgeon Steven Kalkanis, M.D., director of the Laboratory for Translational Brain Tumor Research at Henry Ford Hospital, discusses the technology behind the iMRI and how it will ultimately benefit our patients.

iMRI: Behind the Scenes

The behind the scenes story of the iMRI is one of commitment by a great team of our people.

To implement this type of program takes far more than placing a new machine in an operating room.

iMRI is lifted into Henry Ford Hospital

iMRI Arrives at Henry Ford Hospital

This massive and complex equipment required detailed planning by facility architects, construction engineers, electricians, sound engineers (MRIs in a tile- walled operating room make a little less sound than a Linkin Park concert), nursing, radiology, anesthesiology, and neurosurgery to implement.

iMRI is lowered into OR at Henry Ford Hospital

iMRI is lowered into Henry Ford Hospital

The equipment needed to be dropped through the roof of our six-floor hospital to the fourth floor where the operating rooms are located (take a look at the accompanying photos). Remember that nothing made of metal attracted to magnets can be placed in this environment.

The iMRI required a total rethinking of surgical tools, ventilators, monitors, and all of the support needed for the operative care of these patients.

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