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A Good Move Mobile imaging technology finds its place in the operating room by Holly Ford “This new technology is a step forward in the treatment of both brain tumors and head and neck cancers.” get a real-time update of exactly what we did during the surgery. If there’s a small amount left, we can go back and remove that.” Although the intraoperative MRI was a welcome addition to UVA this fall, it was an acquisition that required significant planning and preparation because of its size and complexity. Physical renovations included joining two operatEven the most highly skilled surgeons rely on ing rooms with a “garage,” or holding station, for more than a steady hand and trained eye. Now the imaging device to create one large operating more than ever, it is technology that allows them suite. The device is transported from one room to to push the boundaries of standard procedure to the next using a hydraulic mechanism on rails. discover improved methods and achieve better “When you are ready, you can ‘drive’ the results for patients. device into the room,” Shaffrey explains. “Then, One such technoafterward, you can deploy it back into the parklogical advance that is ing garage so that it is accessible to the surgeon in altering the fields of the other operating room.” neurosurgery, cardiThe inclusion of an imaging device in an operology, radiology and ating room also requires more training and colothers is the intraoplaboration among the care team. “All of our staff erative MRI system, or went through a three-part training session, not —UVA neurosurgeon IMRIS. This leadingonly on how to use the technology, but the safety edge technology allows aspect as well,” Shaffrey says. During surgerMark E. Shaffrey, M.D. surgeons to capture ies performed in the IMRIS surgical suite, one a detailed image during surgery for navigation additional support staff member is now needed purposes and after surgery (prior to closing the and an MRI technologist and radiologist are stasurgical site) to ensure the desired results have tioned outside the room to read images as they been achieved. are taken. “This is a new concept in brain surgery—a “This new technology is a step forward in the big advance,” says Mark treatment of both brain E. Shaffrey, M.D., chair of tumors and head and the University of Virginia neck cancers,” Shaffrey Health System Department says. “I’m pleased that of Neurosurgery. “We can UVA Health System remove as much of the helps us fulfill our misWant to keep up with more UVA brain tumor as we can see, sion to provide the best Health System breakthroughs? but then we can get an MRI possible care to patients Subscribe to our blog at [magnetic resonance image] in Virginia and before we stop surgery and rounding areas.” social media Subscribe to Our Blog 56 Vim & Vigor • SP R I N G 2 012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2012 - University of Virginia

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2012 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
Healthy Dose
Outliving Our Heart Valves
Rewiring Relief
Get Real
How Far We’ve Come
Patient Survival Guide
Perfect Attendance
Jennifer Hudson, Grammy-winning recording artist
Lean on Me
Intimidated by the Gym?
What Is Your Volunteer Style?
A Prescription for Relief
Virtual Health
Moving On
For This Traveling Man, Dialysis Is No Roadblock
A Good Move

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2012 - University of Virginia