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Tampa, Florida -- It's the first intraoperative MRI in the Bay area. Tampa General Hospital is one of six hospitals in Florida to get this new tool to help neurosurgeons see the difference between a healthy and a diseased brain.

Having it in the operating room will give doctors instant access to images in the operating room, so they know whether or not they've removed the tumors completely, saving patients from repeat surgeries weeks down the road.

The Intraoperative MRI Surgical Suite is connected in real time from the patient and the anesthesia machine to the patient's electronic record in Epic, the hospital's electronic software program, via a wireless connection. This continually feeds all of the patient's vital signs and the volume and flow of inhaled gasses used to keep the patient asleep into Epic.

Administrators believe TGH is the first hospital in the world to offer this.

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