Meet Tamara Ramage, intraoperative MRI patient


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.


In Tamara’s case, seven was not a lucky number


Tamara began having headaches.

Bad ones.

They got to be so frequent, she started to worry that something was wrong.

As it turns out, there was.

After numerous tests, specialists concluded that she had a very rare brain tumor – so rare that not much is known about it. And, she was one of seven people in the world to have been diagnosed with it.

Neurosurgeons at Barnes-Jewish determined that surgery could be done, but they couldn’t promise her anything.

They told her that they’d be using the intraoperative MRI, a special device that allows surgeons to see detailed imaging of the brain during the surgery Their intention was to remove the entire tumor without compromising the surrounding brain tissue – using the intraoperative MRI, would help them to be more precise in hopes of getting all of the the tumor out in one shot.

To watch Tamara talk about her story in her own words, watch the video below:


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