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.


Organisasjonskart over FOR

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

Portrettbilde av Gunnar Morken.      
Gunnar Morken

Head of Research Department
St. Olavs hospital
Mobile phone: +47 918 53 705

Portrettbilde av Øystein Risa      
Øystein Risa
Head of Department of Circulation and Imaging
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Mobile phone: +47 926 13 734

Portrettbilde av Hans Olav Myhre
Hans Olav Myhre
Professor Emeritus
St. Olavs hospital
Mobile phone: +47 951 49 688

Portrettbilde av Ivar Rossvoll
Ivar Rossvoll

Scientific adviser
Chief, Clinic for Orthopedic-, Rheumatology and Skin Diseases
St. Olavs hospital
Mobile phone: + 47 911 70 330

Portrettbilde av Frode Manstad-Hulaas
Frode Manstad-Hulaas
Consultant interventional radiology
Clinic for Medical Imaging
St. Olavs hospital
Phone: + 47 728 28 067

Portrettbilde av Marianne Haugvold
Marianne Haugvold
Adviser R&D
Cand. Scient.
Mobile phone: +47 957 00 495

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Ingrid Granbo
R&D Coordinator
Cardiological Nurse
Mobile phone: +47 932 23 788

Portrettbilde av Liv-Inger Stenstad
Liv-Inger Stenstad
R&D Coordinator Surgical Clinic, Clinic for Orthopedic- Rheumatology and Skin Diseases and Clinic of Pulmonary medicine
Authorized Radiographer
BSc., MSc.

Phone: +47 728 20 324 / +47 970 00 373

Portrettbilde av Gabriel Hanssen Kiss 
Gabriel Hanssen Kiss
Doctor in Engineering / Researcher

R&D Coordinator Department of Neurosurgery and Clinic of Ear-Nose-Throat, Eye- and Maxillofacial Surgery
NorMIT coordinator
Mobile phone: +47 918 97 945

Jan-Magne Gjerde
R&D Coordinator - NorMIT 3D-LAB
Phone: +47 735 53 355 / +47 916 83 533

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Vigdis Schnell Husby

Associate Professor
R&D Coordinator / Researcher
Phone: +47 734 12 312 / +47 951 68 372

Research partners

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

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


Annual reports and publications (PDF)















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.


In Norwegian

Operating room of the future in Norwegian



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