After more than 800,000 hours of construction work, the structure was completed in November 2015.
Among its many features, MD Anderson’s newest facility houses state-of-the-art surgical and interventional radiology suites that will allow MD Anderson to treat a greater number of patients at the highest level.
“The Pavilion is just an incredible facility,” says Ronald DePinho, M.D., president. “It’s the most advanced infrastructure for surgery and interventional radiology in the world.”
The building’s six operating rooms, including one for intraoperative computerized tomography (IOCT), will open this spring. These ORs are designed to allow multiple teams to work simultaneously, aided by the latest innovations in navigation and image-guided technologies.
In the IOCT suite, a custom surgical table was created to optimize the patient’s position so that a CT scanner can move on rails and scan the patient in real time during surgery.
“This real-time imaging leads to a more effective and accurate surgery for the patient,” says Laurence Rhines, M.D., professor of Neurosurgery.
In addition to new operating rooms, The Pavilion houses a 27,000-square-foot Interventional Radiology facility that will allow multidisciplinary procedures and operations to be performed using robotic image guidance, reduced radiation doses for patients undergoing interventional procedures and real-time consultation with Pathology.
“The Pavilion is a great milestone in MD Anderson’s history,” says Bob Brigham, senior vice president for Hospital and Clinics. “Every time we get a chance to do an expansion like this, we do it not just to get larger and accommodate more, we do it to push the boundaries and transform the practice.”