PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The use of intraoperative MRI technology during neurosurgery has become increasingly more common over the past several years. These surgical procedures require a specialized operating room designed to accommodate an MRI machine, as well as MRI-compatible anesthesia equipment and monitors. The MRI environment also poses unique risks and challenges to both patients and medical staff. RECENT FINDINGS: General anesthesia in the MRI operating room suite poses several challenges not routinely experienced in a conventional operating room suite, and anesthesia providers delivering care in these suites must complete specialized training and screening. The presence of a magnetic field, as well as reduced access to the patient during the MRI scan, require high levels of vigilance. SUMMARY: The use of checklists and teamwork training can maximize both patient and provider safety in the intraoperative MRI environment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine