QEII Showcases Region's First Intra-operative MRI



    HALIFAX, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The QEII Health Sciences Centre welcomed the new
year with the launch of the region's first intra-operative MRI. The
PoleStar(R) Surgical MRI System from Medtronic Navigation is a revolutionary
compact intra-operative MRI and navigation system, providing surgeons with
real-time, high-quality images before, during, and after neurosurgical
procedures. The Intra-operative MRI is made possible by funding through the
QEII Foundation from Medtronic, and other donors. This state of the art
technology is the first of its kind in Canada.
    "This is a quantum leap forward for both neurosurgery at the QEII, and
for the medical education opportunities we can offer," said Chris Power, CEO
of Capital District Health Authority.
    The Intra-operative MRI will enable the QEII's neurosurgeons to better
visualize the patient's anatomy during surgery so they can accurately detect
tumor boundaries while avoiding healthy tissue or critical structures and
verify that they have removed the tumor prior to the patient leaving the
surgical suite. As a result, patients undergoing cranial procedures may
experience less invasive surgeries, faster recovery times, and improved
outcomes. Surgery may now be an option for some brain tumor patients who were
previously considered high risk.
    "This technology is a sophisticated tool that will enhance our ability to
treat Nova Scotians. We are proud that our institution is at the forefront of
intra-operative imaging in the world" said Dr. Ivar Mendez, neurosurgeon and
chairman of the Brain Repair Centre at the QEII.
    The Intra-operative MRI at the QEII Health Sciences Centre is a first in
Canada, and coupled with remote presence technology, offers a medical
education opportunity unique in Canada. "This new MRI will not only enable
Maritime-based neurosurgeons to offer better care to patients, it will be used
to train physicians from across the country," said Dr. Harold Cook,
Dalhousie's dean of medicine. "It will also offer our medical students the
chance to experience a medical technology that is not available anywhere else
in the country."

    About Medtronic

    Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the
global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health, and
extending life for millions of people around the world.

    About the QEII Foundation

    The QEII Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established
to strengthen health care at the QEII. The Foundation's mission is leading the
spirit of philanthropy to enrich health care for Atlantic Canadians and in the
process helps support the QEII's quest to become a world-leading haven for
health, healing and learning.

    About the Brain Repair Centre

    The Brain Repair Centre (BRC) is a multidisciplinary collaboration
linking more than 100 world-class researchers and physicians specializing in
groundbreaking treatments and technologies in the field of brain repair. They
range from surgeons who replace tissue in the human brain to recover lost
capability, to scientists in the field of imaging, stem cell neurobiology,
pharmacology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, neurology and cognitive neuroscience.
    Brain Repair Centre research is dedicated to disorders such as
Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),
multiple sclerosis, serious mental illness, stroke, epilepsy, vision
dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cancer and chronic
pain.




For further information:

For further information: Steve Jennex, QEII Foundation, (902) 473-5591;
Joann Tusia, Brain Repair Centre, (902) 473-7293


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