First 3T Intra-operative MRI Suite for Pediatric Neurosurgery
WINNIPEG, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - IMRIS Inc. (TSX: IM) ("IMRIS" or the "Company")
today announced the sale of its flagship product, IMRISneuro, to Le Bonheur
Children's Medical Center. Neurosurgeons from the collaborative brain tumor
program at Le Bonheur and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the largest
research-based pediatric brain tumor program in the United States, will use
this leading-edge technology to perform life-saving brain tumor surgery.
Currently under construction, the Le Bonheur state-of-the-art neurosurgical
facility, partially funded by a donation from St. Jude to further both
organizations' charitable missions, will house the IMRISneuro system when the
facility opens in 2010. This will be the first 3T intra-operative MR for
pediatric neurosurgery in North America.
IMRISneuro provides timely, high resolution MR images to the medical team
before, during and after an operation without moving the patient from the
surgical table. The wide bore 3T MRI will move between an operating theatre
and a diagnostic facility, providing state-of-the-art, multi-functional
capabilities to the hospital's neuroscience facility. No other system offers
the same degree of safety for both the patient and the surgical environment.
IMRISneuro does not require the patient to be transported for scanning, so the
optimum position for neurosurgery is never compromised. Clinical workflow and
surgical access to the patient is not impacted and the magnet is removed
completely from the operating room when scanning is complete. The IMRISneuro
system provides neurosurgeons with timely images during surgery from which
they are able to make better decisions for their patients.
IMRIS (TSX: IM) is a global leader in providing fully integrated,
advanced surgical imaging solutions. The company's flagship product,
IMRISneuro, utilizes patented technology that allows a high field MRI scanner
to be moved in to the operating room on demand, providing imaging during the
surgical procedure without compromising patient safety. This unique and
innovative system has been validated by leading neurosurgeons for use in
world-class neuroscience centers.
About Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center
Founded in 1952, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center is the Mid-South's
first and only comprehensive pediatric medical facility. Every year Le Bonheur
treats almost 140,000 children from throughout the United States and many
countries. Le Bonheur is home to one of the nation's 10 busiest pediatric
emergency departments and hosts one of the largest pediatric surgical brain
tumor programs. Le Bonheur is building a new state-of-the art hospital. The
$340-million facility is scheduled to open in 2010 and will significantly
increase the space for patient care, research and teaching.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for
its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other
catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in
Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and
medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not
covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.
St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.
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