Podcast: Using MRI in the Operating Room


Steven Kalkanis, MD, director of neurosurgical oncology at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, discusses how an MRI unit in the operating suite has transformed their approach to brain surgery.


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The solution? An MRI system in the operating suite that allows for mid-surgery scans for image-guided surgery. Henry Ford recently implemented an interoperative MRI suite that can provide more a precise, real-time picture of the brain.

“Being able to take these images as we are removing the tumor allows us to map and navigate and protect tissue that needs to be protected and remove malignant brain tissue,” Kalkanis said.

The technology has transformed the team’s approach to brain surgery. In this podcast, Kalkanis discusses the implications of this “game changer” technology and how they managed the implementation.










Dual-room suites for MR and surgery. Image courtesy Phillips

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