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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in the world to install a dedicated operating room housing a powerful, 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.
- MRI Scanner - The MRI scanner allows UCLA neurosurgeons to obtain MRI images during surgery.
- Detailed Imagery - Because the scanner is the same type used for advanced diagnostic tests, the images obtained during surgery can pinpoint small areas of residual tumor cells not visible using less powerful intraoperative MRI systems.
- Technology Research - UCLA research confirms that the technology allows more complete removal of brain tumors and helps avoid complications.
- Over 500 Surgeries (since 2005) - Neurosurgeons have performed more than 500 surgeries in the intraoperative MRI suite as of 2005.
A UCLA neurosurgeon performs a minimally invasive surgical procedure in the intraoperative MRI suite for removal of a brain tumor.