Designing an Efficient and Effective iMRI Facility
Intra-Operative MRI (iMRI) is quickly becoming the go to technology in the ever evolving integration of various radiologic modalities for invasive and non-invasive patient procedures and treatments. Intra-Operative MRI is defined by the use of an MRI magnet during a surgical or treatment procedure. This can be achieved with a moving magnet that is brought into the theatre or by moving the patient to the room containing the magnet. In both cases, imaging is performed prior to, during and after the surgical or treatment procedure. The real time availability of the high resolution MR images is improving patient outcomes in a widening arena including, but not limited to, neurosurgery, cardiovascular and radiation oncology. This article will provide an overview of current iMRI technology and review design, location, safety and performance considerations to ensure an optimally functioning iMRI facility. Following a successful installation, maintenance guidelines are provided to protect your iMRI investment for years to come of optimal imaging and patient care.