Sheffield Children’s Hospital has recently opened new operating theatres, which will offer children living with a brain tumour in the area and beyond a greater level of care. The suites feature the latest technology, which will help healthcare professionals to keep young patients safe during surgery.
One of the theatres is already being considered the most advanced in the country, if not the world. The new intraoperative MRI suite, featuring a state of the art 3T MRI scanner, was funded by The Children’s Hospital Charity and allows surgeons to scan patients while an operation is still in progress.
Pete Burchill, Support Specialist for brainstrust in Sheffield, says:
“This is really exciting news and the new equipment will enable surgeons to remove much more of a child’s tumour. We know that the more tumour safely resected, the better the prognosis, so this will transform the way children living with a brain tumour are treated, and their outcome. It is all the more exciting for the brain tumour community in Sheffield that such an advancement is right on the doorstep. In the future we look forward to seeing technology of this standard available not just to more children across the UK, but to more adult patients too.”
In fact, we know at brainstrust, on a personal level, just how important this technology is. It was the same technology that was used to resect the brain tumour of Meg, whose diagnosis at 19 led us to found brainstrust ten years ago. The fact that such technology was only available in Boston at that time, and now is available in the UK, just highlights the advancements that have been made to treating young people in this country.
You can read more about the advancements at Sheffield Children’s Hospital by clicking here.