The Operation Room of the Future

The Operating Room of the Future is representing an excellent cooperation between St. Olavs Hospital HF, University Hospital of Trondheim 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 HF. 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 project between St. Olavs Hospital, University Hospital of Trondheim 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.



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Geir Andre Pedersen
Project coordinator Clinic of Ear-Nose-Throat, Eye- and Maxillofacial Surgery and Department of Women and Children`s Diseases
Radiographer / Master student
Mobile phone: +47 92 48 83 30

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Liv-Inger Stenstad
Project coordinator Surgical Clinic, Clinic for Orthopedic- Rheumatology and Skin Diseases and Clinic of Pulmonary medicine
Radiographer / Master student
Mobile phone: +47 97 00 03 73


Gabriel Kiss
Project coordinator Department of Neurosurgery
NorMIT coordinator
Mobile phone: +47 91 89 79 45

Marianne Haugvold
Cand. Scient.
Mobile phone: +47 95 70 04 95


Managing Director
Jan Gunnar Skogås
Operating Room of the Future
St.Olavs Hospital
Mobile phone: +47 982 80 585



Petter Aadahl
Head of Research Department
St. Olavs Hospital
Phone: +47 924 03 337



Toril A. Nagelhus Hernes
Head of Department of Institute of Circulation and Imaging, NTNU
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Mobile phone: +47 930 28 341




Research partners

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim
Phone: +47 73 59 50 00 (switchboard)

Thomas Langø
Research Director at SINTEF Health Research, Medical Technology
Mobile phone: +47 909 62 913
E-mail: Langø

Cooperating partners:

NorMIT - Norwegian centre for Minimally invasive image guided Therapy and medical technologies

National Competence Centre for Ultrasound and Image guided Therapy

 National Center fro Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery (NSALK)

NTNU Faculty of Medicine

NTNU's Strategic Area of Medical Technology

NTNU's Technology Transfer AS

CIRiS - Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space

Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry

Center for Safety and Human Factors

Oslo University Hospital - The Intervention Centre




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FOR - NorMit

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.


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