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Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook

$21 Million Equipment Project To Better Support Complex Brain Surgeries

Victor P Taffa

  • First adult Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging service in Western Australia
  • State-of-the-art technology enhancing the existing State Neurosurgery Service
  • $21 Million project funded by Federal and State Governments

Concept of an Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (IOMRI) suite including state-of-the-art technology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) is now a reality.

Officially opened by Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Western Australian Minister for Health and Mental Health, Roger Cook, the IOMRI service will provide world-class surgical treatment to patients requiring complex neurosurgery.

“MRI services are better able to identify structures within the brain and brain tumours than other imaging techniques.” Federal Minister for Aged Care; Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM said.

“When coupled with real-time imaging during surgery, this provides for significantly more precise procedures, promising improved outcomes for patients.”

MRI is able to better-identify structures within the brain and brain tumours than other imaging techniques, and when coupled with real-time imaging during surgery, provides for a more precise and accurate procedure.

$21 Million project has been funded through the Federal ($17.6 Million) and Western Australian ($3.45 Million) governments.

“It marks a significant milestone for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the North Metropolitan Health Service and Western Australia Health.” Western Australia Minister for Health Roger Cook said.

“This will bring Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in line with comparable service models offered not just interstate, but worldwide.”

Journey officially started in February 2017 with the refurbishment and relocation of the Hospital’s Short Stay Unit to make way for the new IOMRI which will be in full operation later this year.

IOMRI will bear the name of prominent and respected Neurosurgeon Professor Neville Knuckey who has been a long-time ambassador and supporter of the project, as well as being pivotal to the advancement of neurosurgery in Western Australia over the past 23 years.


MRI                Magnetic Resonance Imaging


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