$7 million MRI machine debuts at Spectrum Health

6:08 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Improving the outcome for brain surgery is the goal of any surgeon. Now new technology at Spectrum Health is going to do just that.

The intra-operative MRI will allow surgeons to confirm during surgery whether they've removed an entire tumor. Prior to using this device surgeons would have to close up the patient and then send them for an MRI the following day to see if the surgery was successful.

Dr. Todd Vitaz, a Spectrum Health neurosurgical oncologist says being able to combine the MRI with surgery has many benefits. "If the MRI showed there was a significant amount of tumor left we would go ahead and continue and get as much of the tumor as possible. That may save the patient another surgical procedure, it may save them the need for other treatments such as radiation if it were a benign tumor."

The intra-operative MRI costs more than $7,000,000 and is the only one its kind in West Michigan.

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