iMRI Scanner Appeal

Transforming brain surgery at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

The iMRI Scanner Appeal aims to raise £4m to purchase state-of-the-art intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) equipment that will revolutionise surgical care at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Every year, thousands of children and young people from across the region come to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for specialist neurological treatment.

Sadly, many will require complex brain surgery for a range of debilitating and even life threatening conditions including brain tumours, traumatic brain injuries, problems with the central nervous system and epilepsy.

Our specialist team of children’s neurosurgeons at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, rely on MRI scans taken before surgery to guide them to the area of the brain requiring treatment.  Sometimes a child needs to be scanned during surgery, which means the risky process of moving a child (still anaesthetised on the operating table) out of theatre and through the hospital corridors to be scanned in another part of the building.  Yet it isn’t until another MRI scan is taken after surgery – perhaps days later – that our surgeons can see if the surgery was successful, or if any damaged tissue or tumour was left behind and further invasive surgery is needed.

It is an acutely distressing process for our young patients and their families.  For those requiring a second scan after surgery, the wait can be agonising. 

But there is an answer that will revolutionise brain surgery here at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and help us to save even more children’s lives.

An intra-operative MRI (iMRI) and biplane angiography suite is an operating theatre with its own, built in, state-of-the-art MRI scanner and biplane angiography machine. It will mean that our surgeons can do all of the scanning while the child is still on the operating table, in a safe, sterile environment.

Children would need fewer general anaesthetics and potentially fewer surgeries – they could go straight from the scanner into surgery as many times as needed.  Our surgeons would have all the information they need to reach the affected area of the brain, or remove the whole tumour, the first time. And their loved ones could rest assured that their child has left theatre only after everything that could possibly be done, has been done.

But we can only do this with your help.  Please make a difference today and donate online or text IMRI00 £5 to 70070.