New Intra-Operative MRI suite named after Neville Knuckey

The new Neville Knuckey Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging suite (iMRI) has opened at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. The suite is named after Clinical Professor Neville Knuckey, head of Stroke Research at the Perron Institute and one of the state’s most distinguished neurosurgeons.

This state-of-the-art technology that allows surgeons to use magnetic resonance imaging during brain surgery in real time is the first of its kind for adults in Western Australia, and one of only a few across the country. This technology allows neurosurgeons to perform operations with a higher success rate, boosting complex brain surgery procedures and delivering improved patient outcomes.

The $21 million centre was officially opened by Commonwealth Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, and Western Australian Minister for Health and Minister for Mental Health, Roger Cook, marking the event as a significant milestone for both Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and neurosurgery in Western Australia.

Professor Neville Knuckey has been working at the forefront of neurosurgery research and practice in Western Australia for over 23 years and was the recipient of the 2018 Eccles research award. Professor Knuckey’s research at the Perron Institute is currently focused on the mechanisms of neuroprotection to limit brain damage after stroke.

Pictured: Professor Neville Knuckey, Intraoperative MRI suite