With your help, we’ve been able to provide £750,000 of funding towards the installation of an Intraoperative MRI Scanner to the University of Nottingham. Thank you.
This new Intraoperative MRI Scanner not only has the potential to improve the results of surgery, but also to reduce the number of times a child has to have surgery.
MRI scanning is a very accurate way of assessing brain tumours. However, normal MRI scanning can only be done before and after surgery, making it difficult to know how successful the tumour removal has been until the surgery is over.
This new Intraoperative MRI Scanner will allow surgeons to see MRI scans during surgery and see clearly how much of the tumour they have removed, and whether any is left behind. So the scanner has the potential to greatly improve the outcomes of surgery, and reduce the number of surgeries a child has to have.
Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Donald MacArthur explains the benefits of this new Intraoperative MRI Scanner:
What’s important to me is to get the very best possible result for a child with a brain tumour. We need to try to remove as much as possible of a child’s tumour and we need to do that as precisely and safely as possible to leave them in the best condition after the operation.
Modern MRI gives fantastic quality views of children’s brain tumours. It’s what we use before the surgery and what we use after the surgery to assess how we’ve done. Being able to do an MRI scan during an operation could make a huge difference to outcomes for the child as you’ll be able to see that last bit of tumour that’s hiding round the corner.