Surgical Precision: It’s Magnetic

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Editor’s Note: This article is from the Winter 2009 issue of the Sharing Mayo Clinic newsletter.

Magnet for new intraoperative MRI

Magnet for new intraoperative MRI

Sometimes the doors just aren’t big enough. That was the case with this 6-ton magnet that was installed in
a second-floor procedure room of Mayo Clinic’s hospital in Jacksonville.

The new intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (IMRI) system allows neurosurgeons to use real-time imaging as they operate on brain tumors. This gives them a more sensitive method to distinguish diseased from normal tissue and allows them to locate the tumor with pinpoint precision.

The advantage for patients: fewer complications, less risk and shorter hospitalization, all resulting in higher quality of care.

6-ton magnet moved into hospital

6-ton magnet moved into hospital

The new IMRI system is unique: it’s mounted on the ceiling in a state-of-the-art suite and is moved to the patient via a rail system, rather than requiring the patient to be moved to the magnet.

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