Neurosurgeons can image, treat patients within three-room suite without
WINNIPEG, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM)
("IMRIS" or the "Company") today announced the official opening of the
first VISIUS® Surgical Theatre in Canada that features both intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
and angiography capability together in a three-room suite at Health
Sciences Centre Winnipeg.
"As Manitoba's center for trauma and neurosciences, the IMRIS suite
enhances our surgical and diagnostic expertise and gives us an
important technology platform that is an integral part of emerging
therapies and procedures that advance patient care," said Dr. Neil
Berrington, Head of Neurosurgery at HSC Winnipeg. "It's a powerful part
of the Centre for Surgical Innovation in our new Kleysen Institute for
Advanced Medicine and raises the bar in bringing together neurosurgical
research and improved patient outcomes."
The VISIUS Surgical Theatre features an MR scanner and an interventional
bi-plane angiography system. Mounted on ceiling rails for on-demand
movement, the MR scanner can be deployed into any of three rooms -
permitting rapid and efficient transitions between MR imaging and
surgery or intervention without transporting the patient between
MR images can be taken before and during procedures to assess tissue
condition, and can also be used in conjunction with fluoroscopic images
during neurovascular procedures. When not in use for intraoperative
imaging, both the MR and fluoroscopic system are available for
diagnostic use as well.
The largest hospital in Winnipeg, HSC Winnipeg is the fourth Canadian
institution to install a VISIUS Surgical Theatre and one of five in
North America with a combined iMRI and angiography suite, providing
multi-modality image guidance capabilities to assist clinicians in
improving outcomes for patients during neurosurgical and interventional
procedures. The angiography capability will assist surgeons with
neurovascular procedures such as stroke management.
IMRIS CEO Jay D. Miller said this is a big step for healthcare in
Manitoba and Canada. "The combined benefits of the IMRIS solution will
assist in addressing a broad range of neurological disorders. As a
company founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, we are delighted that our
solutions will be contributing to proven reductions in re-operation
rates," he said.
IMRIS (NASDAQ: IMRS; TSX: IM) is a global leader in providing image
guided therapy solutions through its VISIUS Surgical Theatre - a
revolutionary, multifunctional surgical environment that provides
unmatched intraoperative vision to clinicians to assist in decision
making and enhance precision in treatment. The multi-room suites
incorporate diagnostic quality high-field MR, CT and angio modalities
accessed effortlessly in the operating room setting. VISIUS Surgical
Theatres serve the neurosurgical, spinal, cardiovascular and
cerebrovascular markets and have been selected by 54 leading medical
institutions around the world.
SOURCE IMRIS Inc.
Image with caption: "First IMRIS VISIUS Surgical Theatre in Canada featuring both intraoperative MRI and angio opens at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. "Raises the bar in bringing together neurosurgical research and improved patient outcomes," said Dr. Neil Berrington. Photo Credit: HSC Winnipeg. (CNW Group/IMRIS Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130917_C7901_PHOTO_EN_30922.jpg