Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI)

Harper University Hospital was the first in Michigan to offer this innovative technology, which provides physicians with "near-real-time" MRI views during surgery. The use of this technology promises increased accuracy, better surgical outcomes and faster recoveries.

Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) is a breakthrough for physicians and their patients — enabling neurosurgeons to work in the most delicate areas of the brain with increased accuracy. The result: Better surgical outcomes and reduced recovery times.

When is iMRI Used?

Neurosurgeons at Harper use iMRI technology to treat:

  • Tumors (benign and malignant; primary and metastatic — both in the brain itself and on the skull base)
  • Congenital disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Infections such as abscesses
  • Movement disorders like Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases
  • Vascular malformations

What are the Benefits?

Harper University Hospital’s iMRI system provides “near-real-time” images which allow the surgeon to understand changes in the shape of the tumor and surrounding brain and differentiate between normal and abnormal brain tissues during the surgery. This innovation promises:

  • Improved tumor recognition
  • Enhanced detection of brain shift
  • Increased degree of resection
  • Increased safety
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Improved recovery and quality of life