With the goal of improving patient care, Dr. Garnette Sutherland developed a high-field intraoperative magnetic resonance (MR) system that provides surgeons with exquisitely detailed, 3-D MR images during an operation. This innovative technology has been used in treating over 40 000 neurosurgical patients worldwide. Within this environment, an image-guided robotic system called neuroArm was created at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. It is the world’s first robot capable of performing neurosurgery on a patient inside an MR imaging machine. The technology promises to make surgeries less invasive and more standardized, thereby improving outcomes and reducing health care costs.
For a deeper understanding of Dr. Southerland’s work, please see the introductory video presented during the 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Awards ceremony: