Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite
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. Application of these technologies is expected to improve the ability to define tumor margins to more completely excise or thermally ablate tumors. In addition to multi-modality imaging, the AMIGO has various navigational devices, robotic devices, and therapy delivery systems that help physicians to localize and treat tumors and other targeted abnormalities. The AMIGO represents and encourages multidisciplinary cooperation and collaboration among teams of surgeons, interventional radiologists, imaging physicists, computer scientists, biomedical engineers, nurses and technologists to reach the common goal of delivering the safest and the most effective state-of-the-art therapy to patients in a technologically advanced but patient-friendly environment. You may visit the Official BWH AMIGO page here.
See the latest Friends of AMIGO Newsletter to learn more about this state-of-the-art suite in the BWH.
Year 2012 in Review
Over the past year, we have launched a number of new programs for several important conditions that are forwarding the mission of the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating suite to demonstrate that advanced imaging and image-based information may be integrated into surgical and interventional procedures to provide improved clinical outcomes and long term prognosis. Read more...
Tina Kapur: Gynecologic Brachytherapy in AMIGO: A collaboration between Radiology and Radiation Oncology. November 5, 2012, First Monday Seminar, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
Slides of AMIGO
A gallery of AMIGO photographs can be viewed here.
Friends of AMIGO Newsletters
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