Meet Tamara Ramage, intraoperative MRI patient

February 7, 2012

When Tamara Ramage started waking up in hot and cold sweats and constantly felt nauseous, she knew something was wrong. She was a very healthy, fitness-minded young woman in her mid-20’s who took pride in how well she took care of her body.

Her father took her to the emergency room, and she was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumor. So rare, in fact, that she was one of only seven people in the world ever diagnosed with her type of tumor. Upon hearing that, she expected the worst.

However, when she met with her neurology team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, their recommendation was surgery and their outlook was positive. They would be using a new technology called intraoperative MRI, or iMRI, which involves doing a brain scan during surgery to make sure the surgeons had removed as much of the tumor as possible. This allowed her surgeons to remove the tumor, the first time, without harming healthy tissue.

Thanks to this breakthrough technology and the Washington University neurosurgeons, Tamara is back to the picture of health she was prior to the diagnosis, and soon you’ll be able to see her in new advertisements around the St. Louis area.

To learn more about the lifesaving technology of iMRI, click here.


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Category: Neurology & Neurosurgery, Patient Stories

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