The project team from all over the Nordics met for a project meeting in Oslo in November 2015 and was invited to the Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital. Karl Øyri, who is the main representative from the hospital in the team and a very knowledgeable person about the centre showed us around.
The Centre is part of the general operation room area at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet. In addition to human procedures, The Intervention Centre has approval for animal trials in the operation theatres and hybrid suites. The staff is experienced in performing animal trials. In three suites advanced imaging equipment is integrated in an operation room environment.
In 2007, all advanced imaging equipment was renewed. In the combined surgical and radiological suite, the conventional angiographic equipment was substituted by a Siemens Zeego system, based on robotic technology and new advances in imaging and functionality. The Intervention Centre has a research contract with Siemens and is a test site for their Zeego system. The MRI suite was completely rebuilt into a dual room suite where a Philips 3 Tesla MRI was installed in connection to a state-of-the-art Operation theater. The MRI was funded as a joint effort by the Norwegian Research Council, the University of Oslo and Rikshospitalet. In the videoscopy room all systems are equipped with Olympus HD equipment.
In order to facilitate effective management of multi-disciplinary projects, the personnel and equipment at the Centre are allocated to five sections. All projects in the Centre are allocated to one of these sections, and the project manager is reporting to one section manager. The operation rooms are managed by the unit nursing officer, reporting directly to the head of department. In 2005, OUH established a group of medical physicists specialized in diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine and intervention. The establishment was supported by both the Southern and the Eastern Norway regional health authorities.
So with Karl’s vast knowledge to accompany us, we had a very interesting and learning experience at the Intervention Centre. Thank you!!