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Dell Children's Medical Center to install IMRISneuro in expanded neurocenter

WINNIPEG, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IMRIS (TSX:IM) Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas today announced the purchase of IMRISneuro, the world's most advanced neurosurgical imaging solution, as part of the expansion of its neuroscience center. A world class leader in complex pediatric care, Dell Children's serves a 46-county region and strives to give families the option of expert neurosurgical care closer to home.

"We are absolutely committed to becoming a world class Center of Excellence for pediatric neurosciences in Texas," commented Dr. Tim George, Chief of Service Pediatric Neurosurgery. "The addition of leading edge technology such as IMRISneuro goes a long way to helping us meet that goal."

IMRISneuro is a fully integrated operating room including the IMRIS one-of-a-kind, movable high field MRI. Dell Children's Medical Center will be one of only 18 hospitals in the world to house IMRISneuro and the first in Texas to install the rotating, ceiling mounted MRI. The new technology allows surgeons to safely image patients in the operating room during brain surgery, helping to rule out complications before the patient leaves the OR.

David Graves, President and CEO of IMRIS said, "In the hands of the neurosurgical team at Dell, we believe our technology will contribute to positive surgical outcomes for children suffering brain related tumors and disease. It is a testament to our product, IMRISneuro, to be the chosen iMRI technology of one of the leading pediatric centers in the US."

No other system offers the same degree of safety and precision for the surgical team and the patient. IMRISneuro does not require the patient to be transported for scanning during the procedure, so optimal patient positioning for the procedure is never compromised. Clinical workflow and surgical access to the patient is not negatively affected since the magnet is completely removed from the operating room when scanning is complete.

At Dell Children's, the MRI machine will move between an operating theatre and an adjacent diagnostic suite providing multi-functional capabilities to the hospital's neuroscience team. To ensure the widest patient access to the technology, future plans include the addition of a second operating room that will also be served by the same IMRIS movable MRI scanner.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is a member of the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas, with 23 clinical locations throughout the region. The Seton Family of Hospitals includes the only Heart Transplant Center in Central Texas; the busiest Level II Trauma Center in the state; and the first two Designated Stroke Centers in Texas to receive a Gold Seal of Approval by the Joint Commission. The Seton Family of Hospitals has been awarded four Magnet Designations, the highest award for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The ANCC is an independent subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, the nation's largest organization of nursing professionals. In FY 2007, Seton, a member of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health network in the nation, provided more than $282 million in charity and community benefit to Central Texans.

About IMRIS: IMRIS is a global leader in providing fully integrated, advanced surgical imaging solutions. The company's flagship product, IMRISneuro, utilizes patented technology that allows a high field MRI scanner to move in to the operating room on demand, providing imaging during the surgical procedure without compromising patient safety. This unique and innovative system has been validated by leading neurosurgeons for use in world-class neuroscience centers.

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