Intra-operative surgeries in MRI scanners lead to more secure brain interventions

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Skåne University Hospital has performed five intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging neurourgeries while the patients were inside the MRI scanner. The new method means that neurosurgeries and other sensitive procedures can be performed with greater accuracy and thereby increasing safety for the patient.

During the first intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging surgery, the surgeons removed a sample of a tumour in a hard-to-reach area of the brain. During the second surgery, deep brain stimulation was performed. Deep brain simulation means that electrodes are implanted into the brain to produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses in connection to certain conditions, such as Parkinson's disease.

“We are very happy to be able to perform surgeries on our patients while they are laying inside the MRI scanner. The surgeries that we have performed so far have been successful. For me as a surgeon, it means that I can be completely sure that the electrodes I implant into the brain are placed in the exact position. We're talking about tenths of a millimetre. The method is also safer for the patient”, says Hjálmar Bjartmarz, senior consultant in neurosurgery at Skåne University Hospital.