The concept of an Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (IOMRI) suite including state-of-the-art technology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) is now a reality.
Officially opened by Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Western Australian Minister for Health and Mental Health, Roger Cook, the IOMRI service will provide world-class surgical treatment to patients requiring complex neurosurgery.
The MRI is able to better-identify structures within the brain and brain tumours than other imaging techniques, and when coupled with real-time imaging during surgery, provides for a more precise and accurate procedure.
The $21 million project has been funded through the Australian ($17.6 million) and Western Australian ($3.45 million) governments.
The journey officially started in February 2017 with the refurbishment and relocation of the Hospital’s Short Stay Unit to make way for the new IOMRI which will be in full operation later in 2018.
The IOMRI will bear the name of prominent and respected Neurosurgeon Professor Neville Knuckey who has been a long-time ambassador and supporter of the project, as well as being pivotal to the advancement of neurosurgery in WA over the past 23 years.
Source: WA Government