Neurosurgery

Intraoperative MRI

Ministry Health Care is one of only a few organizations to offer intraoperative MRI. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI uses a magnet to provide the surgeon with pictures or images. The magnet creates a strong magnetic field which aligns the protons of hydrogen atoms, which are then exposed to a beam of radio waves. This spins the various protons of the body, and they produce a faint signal that is detected by the receiver portion of the MRI scanner. A computer processes the receiver information, and an image is then produced. Usually MRI machines are stationary and not housed in a surgery department.

Benefits from using intraoperative MRI:

  • Scans are up to the minute and real time rather than waiting a day or two for the scanning to take place.
  • Scans allow for the surgeon to take into account differences in patients’ anatomy.
  • The intraoperative MRI allows for the surgeon to better plan his approach for the removal of a brain tumor.
  • Enables the surgeon to see where the tumor tissue begins and where normal tissue ends.
  • Allows the surgeon to see if all the tumor is removed.
  • Allows the surgeon to assess the status of the brain during and immediately following surgery before the patient ever leaves the operating room.

Vertebroplasty

This is a procedure done with X-ray guidance that helps lend support to and/or restore a collapsed vertebra. This procedure is done by both neuro and orthopedic spine surgeries. Patients who have spinal compression fractures from osteoporosis or patients who have certain types of cancerous lesions can benefit from this type of surgery.

Benefits of vertebroplasty:

  • Done under local anesthesia
  • Reporting of significant pain relief
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Tiny incisions
     
 
 
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