The iMRI (Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging) technology allows the health surgeons to catch real time scans; means patients do not have to be shifted to another part of the hospital for a scan. By the use of this technology, the images can be taken during the surgery; rather than the images captured hours before surgery. Neurosurgeons use these images to pin-point precise locations within the brain. This new imaging technology promises to provide countless benefits to cancer patients and surgeons.
The iMRI Technology has been effectively used by the neurosurgeons for brain cancer treatment. During the iMRI process, the state-of-the-art technology is used by the neurosurgeons. The iMRI equipment contains a stereotactic targeting device with the best possible precision and steadiness, which lets the surgeons to target the accurate area of the brain on which they will operate. Once the iMRI equipment is set in the operating room, it projects clear images of the brain to a monitor.
The images taken by the iMRI function as a map of the brain; the surgeon’s work is as precise as it can possibly be as the map is so accurate. The iMRI permits the neurosurgeons to visualize tumors straightforwardly, including all those which have been marked as inoperable in the past. Due to its pin point location system, even smaller incisions and smaller bone flap removals are allowed by it; means less invasive neurosurgical procedures and shorter patient recovery time.
By using the iMRI technology during the tumor removal surgery, surgeons can greatly decrease the risk of damaging other parts of the brain. The new technology also helps to verify successful removal of the whole tumor. Two kinds of the MRI: low-field and high-field strength are developed and implemented for multiple neurosurgical procedures. Both have the benefit over frameless neuronavigational systems as they significantly manipulate surgical decision making.
Recently, a new remarkable advancement has been made by scientists for treating tumors of the liver by the use of iMRI. Liver tumors take place near the critical areas of the body like stomach, colon, diaphragm, and gallbladder where tumors are difficult to identify. By the use of iMRI, surgeons are able to identify the accurate size and position of the tumor. Conventionally, liver tumors are removed in an open surgery but now with the help of iMRI, the process is performed by utilizing a very thin, minimally invasive needle device.
The iMRI technology is especially beneficial in treating returning liver tumors, including those patients who have/had already operations in past. As they take place drastically, the ability to treat them decreases the risk and stress on the body. By this way, the iMRI can considerably prolong the survival of patient. Additionally, it allows much faster recoveries and greater levels of comfort to patient during the treatment process.
Neurosurgeons at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics have performed deep brain stimulation surgery using iMRI. By this technology, patients are enabled to reach the morning of the scheduled surgery. Also, they can take any necessary medications before and after surgery and be asleep during the surgical procedure.
In March, doctors at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have also successfully removed brain tumors using iMRI. They reportedly eliminate cancerous cells growing near the area of a patient’s brain that controls fine motor-skill control. iMRI was further used after the surgery; the surgeons observed that a tiny area of suspicious cells were concealed during surgery. For raising the patient’s chances of defeating the disease, these cancerous cells were also eliminated.
As neurosurgeons are able to remove a maximum amount of tumor with iMRI, the number of surgeries to which a patient might be subjected is also reduced. Since many years, iMRI Technology has been used for treating the brain cancer but with the recent advancement, iMRI Technology is become more effective in liver cancer treatment.