AMIGO at Harvard

"The Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite is an innovative surgical and interventional environment that is the clinical translational test bed of the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School. The AMIGO is an integrated, 5,700 square foot area divided into three sterile procedure rooms in which a multidisciplinary team will treat patients with the benefit of intra-operative imaging using multiple modalities. In AMIGO, real-time anatomical imaging modalities like x-ray and ultrasound are combined with cross sectional digital imaging systems like CT, MRI, and PET. Molecular image-guided therapy will be pioneered with the use of multiple molecular probes, such as PET, optical imaging, and targeted mass spectrometry, to increase the sensitivity and specificity of cancer detection."
Drs. Song and Tokuda gave us an in-sight tour to the AMIGO facility that opened this spring after a few years of planning and construction. Currently two rooms are fully equiped  and operational, (with lights, controls, navigation system, C-arm, etc.) providing the unique opportunity to surgeons to invoke intra-operative MR imaging to support critical neuro-procedures. In other cases, the three interconnected ORs will be able to function separately, like they do now for performing e.g., prostate biopsies with MR control. From autumn, the third OR will be also ready providing the PET-CT imaging capability.   


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