Healthcare Industry News:  Intra-operative Imaging 

Devices Radiology Neurosurgery

 News Release - February 1, 2008

Beijing's General Hospital of the People's Liberation Army to install IMRISneuro

System will be China's first high-field intra-operative MRI

WINNIPEG, Feb. 1 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - IMRIS Inc. (TSX: IM ) - Dr. Xu Bainan, Chairman of Neurosurgery of PLA 301 Hospital in Beijing, China announced that the hospital has chosen the IMRIS intra-operative MRI solution, IMRISneuro, for its expanding neurosurgical department.

The hospital will be the first in China to house IMRISneuro; a fully integrated operating room that combines a one-of-a-kind movable MRI with the IMRIS surgical information management system. Without moving the patient, IMRISneuro allows surgeons to safely image patients during brain surgery. Completion and handover of the system is scheduled for spring 2008.

"Our neurosurgeons are world class, and we have a history of leading the way in the early adoption of new technologies," said Dr. Xu Bainan. "It is important that our doctors have access to the most effective and sophisticated tools available to assist them." He went on to say, "IMRIS has the best overall iMRI solution for our hospital."

IMRISneuro provides surgeons more precise information in the operating room, which allows them to make better surgical decisions with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. This surgical imaging system uses a unique ceiling mounted track that moves the MRI to the patient rather than the patient being moved to the MRI, thereby improving patient safety in the surgical environment.

When the MRI is not required in the operating room during surgery, it is moved out of the area completely and into an adjoining suite where it will be used for diagnostic imaging.

"We are honored that IMRISneuro is the intra-operative solution chosen by Dr. Xu and his team," said David Graves, President and CEO of IMRIS. "It reflects well on IMRIS to be selected by another center of excellence, and continues to validate our leading edge technology."

China PLA General Hospital and Military Postgraduate Medical College, commonly known as 301 Hospital, is the largest military hospital in China. It encompasses 4,000 beds and 50 medical centers, including specialties in orthopedics, cardiovascular and neurosurgery.

About IMRIS:

IMRIS is a global leader of fully integrated, Intra-operative Imaging solutions designed to assist in the treatment of disease and to measurably improve patient outcomes. The unique and innovative IMRISneuro has been validated by leading neurosurgeons around the world and is increasingly being used by world-class neuroscience centers.

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