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Nationwide Children's Hospital installs a new mobile MRI system

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Nationwide Children's Hospital has boosted its healthcare service level by installing a new combined operative nationwideand diagnostic MRI device. Unlike the fixed MRI system, this new MRI system allows being mobilized between three different rooms. This is done while being used for two needs, intra-operative MRI diagnostics and non-operative diagnostic imaging.

This new, high-leveled, imaging system is one of other six MRI systems at Nationwide Children's and one of a very few in the United States to offer this three-room design. While most of the other MRI systems are usually located exclusively into one room, this imaging system consists of a central room for housing the magnet and two other neighboring rooms in which the magnet can be transported and relocated according to the need. The design of this MRI system permits the magnet to be used in diagnostic procedures along with surgery in a neurosurgical operating room. The intra-operative MRI offers neurosurgeons a scanning solution for detection of a remaining tumor throughout a tumor-removal operation; this would reduce the chance of leaving timorous tissues behind and elevate the overall success rate of the procedure.

Corey Raffel, MD, PhD, chief of Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital and professor and vice chair in the Department of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, said "Under normal circumstances, a neurosurgeon may remove as much of a tumor as possible during an operation, then follow-up with a post-operative scan to determine if any of the tumor was left behind," he added "This technology allows for fewer, more accurate operations that increase the quality and safety of the care we provide to our patients." Moreover, the new MRI system is located next to the operating room allowing easier and fast access for the anesthesia team. Anesthesia is usually required for a pediatric patient performing an MRI scan. Since there is a short distance between the MRI and the operating room, the number of patients examined during an eight-hour period is doubled.

William E. Shiels II, DO, chief of Radiology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and clinical professor of Radiology, Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, said "The design of this MRI suite is unique, allowing the technology to fully support all of the MRI needs of patients in ways not available in most other children's hospitals," Both radiology and neurosurgery patients will gain advantages from this new and highly-qualified system, since Nationwide Children's continues to attract patients from all over the United States.

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