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Imaging During Surgery with New iMRI

Hybrid operating room shown in foreground, with iMRI in adjacent room for real-time imaging.

The ability to image patients during surgery is one of the most anticipated capabilities of the new Stanford Hospital's hybrid operating suites. These advanced surgical suites are equipped with an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging machine, called an iMRI, located in a sterile room adjacent to the operating area. This allows patients to be safely moved during surgery from the operating room (OR) to the iMRI and back to get real-time images during surgery. Multi-stage procedures that were once performed in separate locations and at separate times can now be done within one scheduled procedure time and location. 

Neurosurgeons will be the first to use the new hybrid ORs when the hospital opens. With this new capability, they can capture images of the brain during surgery to determine if a tumor has been removed sufficiently before completing the surgery. By using iMRI, the need for patients to have additional procedures is reduced and patient outcomes are improved.

The iMRI technology can also be used for pituitary tumors, epilepsy, essential tremor, dystonia and Parkinson's disease.

10 Day Look Ahead: Renewal Project Construction Activities

The Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project, which will expand Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, rebuild Stanford Hospital, modernize Hoover Pavilion and replace School of Medicine laboratories, is underway. Below is a summary of the Renewal Project's anticipated construction activities, hours of activity and any affected lane or road closures over the next 10 days. Please click here to subscribe to our 10 day look aheads, which will be emailed every Friday and archived on the Renewal Project website.

Please note that that the scope of work and dates of work are subject to change without notice, especially due to weather impacts.

New Stanford Hospital Facility
December 2012 - 2019

Work is under way to construct the new Stanford Hospital facility in order to accommodate advances in medical technology, increase capacity and meet new seismic safety standards. The 824,000 square foot hospital includes 368 individual patient rooms, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment rooms, an expanded Emergency Department, new employee parking structure, five gardens, walking trails and a meditation room. The new hospital is expected to open for patient care in fall of 2019.

This week's activities:

What to expect this weekend (6/8 - 6/9) 

Interior construction will continue this Saturday and Sunday, including flooring, air balancing and electrical connections. Framing, drywall, ceiling and landscaping at the bridge  are ongoing.

Weekday Work (6/10  - 6/14)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 3 pm for regular construction.  

The interior of the hospital is progressing with flooring, painting and lighting fixtures. Furniture installation continues with patient beds and lounge chairs. The liquid light art installation in the atrium is ongoing. 

Steam is operational for sterilizers and kitchen equipment. Medical equipment installation and deployment continues.  Nurse call system testing is underway. Activation of cellular coverage is in progress. Deployment activities continue with end user devices, telephony and audio visual. Testing of medical gas alarm continues. 
On the exterior, the helipad passed the Caltrain inspection. At parking structure 4, pavers continue. The dog park steel installation is complete, and framing begins. Landscaping and pavers under the bridge are ongoing. Bucky ball installation continues.

What to expect next weekend (6/15 - 6/16) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 3 pm

Interior finish construction is expected to continue next weekend.

School of Medicine BioMedical Innovations Building
January 2017 - Late 2019

The BioMedical Innovations Building (BMI) will be a state-of-the-art facility that fully supports the talent and vision of the School of Medicine to translate medical research discoveries into treatments and cures. The new building will be approximately 215,500 square-feet with four above-grade floors of research labs and light-filled gathering places, and a lower basement level with reduced functional square footage for utility support. A connective tunnel to other nearby research facilities is part of the proposed design.

Current Activities:
What to expect this weekend (6/8 - 6/9) 

The site is open on Saturday and closed on Sunday.  No construction impacts are expected.

Weekday Work (6/10 - 6/14)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7 am to 5 pm for regular construction

Interior work progresses including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, doors, painting, flooring, carpeting, ceiling tiles, millwork, fire alarm, lab casework, sprinklers and elevators. Security, audio visual and data cabling continue. Mechanical system start-up continues. Air handler start-up begins. Setting of the emergency generator begins.

On the exterior, terra cotta preparation is ongoing. Irrigation install continues. Installing of the trellis rafters begins.

One lane of South Pasteur is now within the construction site fence to accommodate site work.  

What to expect next weekend (6/15 - 6/16) 
Hours of Construction Activity: 9 am to 5 pm for regular construction

No construction impacts are expected next weekend.

General Reminders

Motorists: please be mindful of sharing the road with bicyclists. 


Consider alternatives to driving, including Stanford's free Marguerite shuttle, biking, carpooling, and transit. Try the do-it-yourself commute planning tool.


Cyclists: please be mindful of sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians. Those who choose not to share the road and use the sidewalks must walk their bicycles.


Pedestrians: must use the new designated crosswalks on Welch Road. Jaywalking is illegal and especially unsafe in active construction areas. Thank you!



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