Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Joint media statement: $21 million equipment project to better support complex brain surgeries

    6/07/2018 10:35 AM
    • First adult Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging service in Western Australia
    • State-of-the-art technology enhancing the existing State Neurosurgery Service
    • $21 million project funded by Federal and State Governments 

    The concept of an Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (IOMRI) suite including state-of-the-art technology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) is now a reality.


    Officially opened by Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Western Australian Minister for Health and Mental Health, Roger Cook, the IOMRI service will provide world-class surgical treatment to patients requiring complex neurosurgery.


    The MRI is able to better-identify structures within the brain and brain tumours than other imaging techniques, and when coupled with real-time imaging during surgery, provides for a more precise and accurate procedure.


    The $21 million project has been funded through the Australian ($17.6 million) and Western Australian ($3.45 million) governments.


    The journey officially started in February 2017 with the refurbishment and relocation of the Hospital's Short Stay Unit to make way for the new IOMRI which will be in full operation later this year.


    The IOMRI will bear the name of prominent and respected Neurosurgeon Professor Neville Knuckey who has been a long-time ambassador and supporter of the project, as well as being pivotal to the advancement of neurosurgery in WA over the past 23 years.


    Comments attributed to Federal Minister for Aged Care; Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM:

    "MRI services are better able to identify structures within the brain and brain tumours than other imaging techniques.

    "When coupled with real-time imaging during surgery, this provides for significantly more precise procedures, promising improved outcomes for patients."


    Comments attributed to Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook:

    "It marks a significant milestone for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, the North Metropolitan Health Service and WA Health.


    "This will bring Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in line with comparable service models offered not just interstate, but worldwide.


    "Western Australians will benefit from more precise and sensitive imaging techniques than ever before, including enhanced identifying capabilities for structures within the brain and brain tumours."


    Minister's office: 6552 6500