iMRI at Children’s

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performs more pediatric brain tumor surgeries than any other hospital in Georgia.* In 2010, Children’s performed 100 brain tumor surgeries.

The addition of an intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) system allows Children’s to join the ranks of the world’s most technologically advanced hospitals. Children’s was among the first pediatric hospitals in the world to implement the high-field strength iMRI technology. 

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Our neurosciences program uses state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment technology, such as the iMRI system, to provide better outcomes for patients. Studies have demonstrated that neurosurgeons are able to find and remove more tumor in 25 to 30 percent of cases using the iMRI.



Watch an informational video of the iMRI. 

Why do surgeons use iMRI technology?

The iMRI technology is specially designed for use in neurosurgery operating rooms and produces high-quality images, allowing surgeons to:

  • Better identify tumors and lesions
  • Determine the size and shape of a brain tumor
  • Draw a distinction between a tumor and healthy tissue
  • Perform surgeries that previously could not be performed 

The iMRI helps the patient’s chance for a better outcome with the potential to reduce the need for other treatments (such as chemotherapy) and additional surgeries.

A study conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that by using an iMRI, neurosurgeons are able to find and remove more of the tumor in 25 percent to 30 percent of cases.

Diagnoses that may benefit from the iMRI include:

  • Brain tumor resections
  • Epilepsy 
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Neurovascular conditions

Comprehensive Care for Cancer Patients

For patients with tumors, the neurosurgeons at Children’s work closely with the neuro oncologists and oncologists at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s to provide comprehensive care from diagnosis to surgery to treatment. The Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 300 new cancer patients each year and is recognized as one of the top five childhood cancer centers in the country by Parents magazine.

More Information

Call 404-785-2900 to schedule a referral or for more information about the iMRI technology.

*Georgia Hospital Association database