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The Operating Room of the Future


The Operating Room of the Future is representing an excellent cooperation between St. Olavs hospital, Trondheim University Hospital and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

St. Olavs hospital and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, are forerunners in developing an integrated university clinic by joining university and hospital. Research and teaching is a natural part of the integrated hospital activity.

The Operating Room of the Future (FOR) is a research infrastructure facilitating research at St. Olavs hospital.
FOR facilitates research and development in the surgical fields, with focus on minimal invasive image-guided patient treatment and medical technology. The infrastructure currently has 6 operating rooms at St. Olavs hospital. These operating rooms as well as research tools available in FOR infrastructure are, in practice, modern research laboratories where prototypes and new treatment methods to be developed and tested in safe and controlled environments. FOR reflects a close collaboration between clinicians, technicians, researchers and industry.
In addition to education and dissemination, training in electromedical equipment is important tasks.

FOR is also a part of the national research infrastructure NorMIT (Norwegian centre for Minimally invasive Image guided Therapy and medical technologies) in cooperation with the Intervention Centre at the National Hospital, Oslo.

About The ”Operating Room of the Future” (FOR)

The ”Operating Room of the Future” (FOR) is a collaboration between St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital and The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

FOR is an arena for research and development which includes six operating rooms, one for each operating clinic. The operating rooms are unique “laboratories” made for the development, testing and clinical implementation of new technology and new treatment modalities.

The most important goal for FOR is research to obtain better and more safe patient care, more efficient logistics and better architecture of operating departments. Teaching is also an important task for FOR.

FOR is a center of competence for design of operating departments and today we have agreements with our industrial collaborators making it possible for the health care authorities of central Norway to realize such research and development.

The collaboration is multidisciplinary with close collaboration between clinicians, technologists, scientists and industry. FOR is a research platform where new prototypes can be developed and tested under safe conditions. The most modern medical equipment will be available at FOR.

FOR is also an example of how various professional disciplines and medical specialities can utilize the same equipment, areas and competence.

At FOR there is a possibility to perform a broad spectre of scientific work of multi-disciplinary character. Research is carried out by PhD candidates, scientists, students and clinicians. In addition several bachelor and master degrees are performed at FOR.

FOR is multidisciplinary and an arena for clinical research and development of medical technology with focus on; The patients of today - the technology of tomorrow.


Employees at FOR


Tomorrow’s surgery starts here. Better and safer treatment for the patient, with fewer complications and nights spent in hospital. Cost effective solutions for the National Health Service and for society as a whole. The expectations to the surgery of the future are great. Now NorMIT is offering high-tech operating rooms and equipment for those researching image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic surgery. Here researchers from across the country will be able to perfect the diagnostic and surgical practices of the future.


Annual reports and publications (PDF)

Newsletter FOR-NorMIT







Poster ICPIC 2019

Poster ISES-ISIAQ 2019

Poster Haukom 2019


Poster Mostrøm Nilssen

Poster Guangyu


Operating room of the future in Norwegian


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