Beginning in the middle of February, 2017, in the Intensive Treatment, Emergency and Operation Centre (IEO) at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, all operative specialities will have three new operation theatres available that have integrated computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Together with the hybrid operating theatre, which allows for intra-operative angiography, they create an operating area that is one of a kind in Switzerland.


Project in two phases

The project “Operation with imaging” was realised in two phases. The hybrid operating theatre (phase 1) has been in operation since September 2013. With the opening of the high-precision operating theatre (phase 2), the offering for imaging modalities is expanded and completed by CT and MRI.
The high-precision operating theatre will be used for neurosurgery, orthopaedics, visceral and oral surgery, ENT surgery and urology, each in close cooperation with neuroradiology, radiology and anaesthesia.

The flexible and economical multi-room concept of the high-precision operating theatre makes great synergies possible in the use of the cost-intensive imaging for the specialties involved. “With the realisation of the high-precision operating theatre, Inselspital is taking on a pioneering role and is continuing to strengthen its position with regard to the top medical care of patients, in translational research and in cooperation with industry partners”, according to Medical Director Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Tobler.

“With the intraoperative tomographic and three-dimensional imaging and the navigational techniques associated with it in the high-precision operating theatre, surgeons can carry out imaging checks directly during the operation – and not just afterwards – and, if need be, carry out corrective measures”, explains Prof. Dr. med. Jan Gralla, Chairman and Head of the University Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology. There are many complicated operations where it is sensible to have an imaging check over the progress of the operation.

“Because we now have all three major imaging technologies for all surgical areas, we can finally introduce the completion of these checks during the operation for the first time hospital-wide. That is a change in the paradigm”

The high-precision operating theatre is much more than the construction of three additional operating theatres. It is a beacon project that extends far beyond the borders of the canton. In his talk, Director of Health Pierre Alain Schnegg emphasised the importance of such pioneering projects. He opened the high-precision operating theatre with Holger Baumann, Chairman of the Management Board; Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Tobler, Director of Medicine; Bernhard Leu, Director of Infrastructure, and Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Raabe, Chairman and Physician-in-Chief of the Department of Neurosurgery.

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