MINNEAPOLIS (March 3, 2023) – Children’s Minnesota is thrilled to announce it is the first health system in North America to open a pediatric hybrid intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) suite equipped with both moving-scanner and moving-patient MRI technology in the same surgical space.
Located inside our Minneapolis hospital, The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation iMRI Surgical Suite is a 2,970 square-foot facility used by Children’s Minnesota’s neurosciences program and radiology department. Experts will perform both brain and total spine scans mid-procedure for surgeries to treat brain tumors, epilepsy, traumatic injuries and more directly at the point of care.
“The Schulze Family Foundation iMRI suite will enhance how we make important decisions at the point of care before a patient’s incision is closed,” said Dr. Meysam Kebriaei, medical director of the neurosurgery program at Children’s Minnesota. “For example, if a mid-procedure scan detects additional tumors, we can develop a plan in real-time to remove the remaining cancerous tissue. This crucial process will help prevent additional procedures for many of our patients and maximize their chances for a good outcome.”
The suite’s design allows experts to move a 16,200-pound 3T MRI scanner directly from the facility’s diagnostic room into one of the space’s neurosurgery operating rooms via a ceiling-mounted rail system. The floorplan also allows patients in the suite’s second operating room to be moved next door into the diagnostic room for a mid-procedure MRI.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation generously donated $4 million towards the construction of the iMRI suite. The foundation also issued a $1.5 million challenge-match throughout 2023 to further support both the new iMRI suite and neurosciences program at Children’s Minnesota.
About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s Minnesota is one system serving kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, nine primary care clinics, multiple specialty clinics and seven rehabilitation sites. As The Kids ExpertsTM in our region, Children’s Minnesota is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital.