High-tech neurosurgical suite to open at U of M Medical Center

A 7.2-ton MRI scanner being lifted up an into the Clinics and Surgery Center

A 7.2-ton MRI scanner is part of the hospital’s state-of-the-art T-Suite, which will allow doctors to see what’s happening inside a patient’s brain during surgery. (Images: Courtesy of M Health Fairview)

A new, state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating suite at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center is slated to open this fall, making Minnesota home to some of the most technologically advanced surgical capabilities anywhere in the world. 

Named the T-Suite for its shape, the space is made up of four operating rooms. It features a 7.2-ton intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging unit that will enhance brain cancer treatment by allowing surgeons to see what is happening in a patient’s brain during surgery. 

“It will be the most advanced surgical suite in the world,” says Charles Dietz, M.D., chair of the Medical School’s Department of Radiology.

The T-Suite also includes an observation area that overlooks the operating rooms. 

“People from all over the world — scientists and surgeons — could come and see how we do it here,” says Clark Chen, M.D., Ph.D., holder of the Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and head of the Medical School’s Department of Neurosurgery. 

The T-Suite is part of a multiyear, $111 million renovation project at the medical center that will also expand the emergency department and improve the patient experience.  

Published on October 15, 2019

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