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IMRIS launches MR-safe and CT-compatible neurosurgical horseshoe headrest

IMRIS has announced the initial launch of the world’s first MR-safe and CT-compatible horseshoe headrest on the market for the positioning of patients ranging from neonatal to adult during neurosurgical procedures requiring intraoperative imaging in the VISIUS surgical theatre.

The horseshoe headrest provides non-pinned head support in prone, lateral, and supine positions during head, neck and cervical spine surgeries where use of a head fixation device (HFD) – a clamp-like device – is not desirable because the skull is too fragile for pinning. These patients may be babies whose skulls are still soft or older patients with weakened skull bones.

IMRIS President and CEO Jay D Miller said surgeons at hospitals with VISIUS systems which adopt the headrest will now have an opportunity to benefit both a patient population – including those too small for other positioning devices – and procedures not previously utilized in the surgical theater.

"We received tremendous feedback and enthusiasm from pediatric neurosurgeons during development of this product. This headrest will allow surgeons to use iMR on more patients who we expect will benefit from the same outcomes, including reduced re-operation rates, which we have recently reported from hospitals," Miller added.