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A VISIUS Surgical Theatre with intra-operative MRI will be set up among four hybrid operating suites at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. (Photograph: Jan Ainali)
Feb 2, 2015 | Business Americas

Siemens Healthcare and IMRIS join together to equip Swedish hospital

by Surgical Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS, USA: IMRIS, a global leader in image guided therapy solutions, has announced that a VISIUS Surgical Theatre with intra-operative MRI (iMRI) will be integrated among four hybrid operating suites Siemens Healthcare recently sold to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in an example of the growing cooperation between IMRIS and Siemens Healthcare. The VISIUS Surgical Theatre is a multifunctional surgical environment that provides unmatched intra-operative vision to clinicians to assist in decision-making and enhance precision in treatment.

"This represents the close and progressing global collaboration IMRIS has with Siemens Healthcare to bring advanced imaging to the operating environment," said IMRIS President and CEO Jay D. Miller. "Already many of the top neuroscience centers around the world are making intraoperative MR their standard of care."

The Sahlgrenska University Hospital, one of the largest hospital systems in northern Europe, is associated with the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. The sale involves both radiology and MRI systems in four hybrid operating rooms for the hospital's new imaging center, with clinical opening planned for 2016.

"The benefit for the patient is obvious with minimally invasive surgery, since he or she can leave the hospital much sooner," said Johan Mälsjö, head of the Division of Imaging and Therapy at Siemens Healthcare in Sweden, regarding the sale. "This is also beneficial for the hospital, which needs to manage its resources carefully. Siemens Healthcare sees a strong trend in this and expects an increasing demand for similar solutions."

The VISIUS iMRI will feature a two-room suite in which a diagnostic-quality MR scanner is moved to the patient on ceiling-mounted rails. The fully integrated suite allows the scanner to move between an operating room and a diagnostic room, providing neurosurgeons with on-demand access to high-resolution images before, during and after procedures without moving the patient from the table. Published studies have demonstrated that access to advanced imaging technology during procedures leads to improved precision and patient outcomes and reduced returns to surgery, particularly for neurosurgical conditions.

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