Intraoperative MRI and CT
Indiana University Health Neuroscience provides intraoperative MRI and portable CT scanning--each with its own specific imaging advantages.
An intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (IMRI) scanner enables surgeons to view images during the actual operation, rather than having to rely on images made before or after surgery. This device offers real-time visualization during all stages of surgery, so surgeons can make immediate modifications to the surgical plan if necessary. Intraoperative imaging such as this can help people avoid future surgeries, by enabling surgeons to see and remove portions of a tumor that otherwise might not be visible because of the positioning of the head.
Computed tomography (CT) scans also allow surgeons to see changes within the brain as surgery progresses.