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OR of the future: prototype intraoperative imaging suite

The new University of California San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center contains a Center for Advanced Surgery featuring a four-OR configuration with MRI and CT scanners that can be moved between the operating rooms.  Said to be the first such design in the world, the MRI moves on ceiling mounted tracks between two of the ORs and the CT can be moved between the other two ORs.  The ceiling-hung intraoperative CT is a prototype.  The availability of real-time imaging in the surgical suite will help in the advancement of surgical procedures which are less invasive and more accurate.  This article contains a floor plan and a cut-away view of a model of the suite.

Source: Lehatto, A., and others.  The new standard for intraoperative imaging environments.  Healthcare Design;12(2):47-50, Feb. 2012.  Click here for free full text: http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/print/article/new-standard-intraoperative-imaging-environments  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org