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October 7-8

11th Interventional MRI Symposium


May 18

The 6th Annual CIBR Medical Technology Showcase. The Impact of NIH Research on Imaging, Technology, & patient care.

March 27

BWH Clinical & Research News: What’s the Top Health Care Innovation for 2015?

One of the top health care innovations that’s allowing us to improve and advance patient care is intraoperative MRI guidance in the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite, the vision of Dr. Ferenc Jolesz who sadly passed away this past winter. Thanks to Dr. Jolesz’s vision, carried on by Ferenc Jolesz Chair of Radiology Research and AMIGO Clinical Director Dr. Clare Tempany and AMIGO executive director Dr. Tina Kapur and the AMIGO team, we’re now able to perform new procedures such as, but not limited to: MRI guided deep brain stimulator implants led by neurosurgeon Dr. Travis Tierney, recently featured in ABC News; MRI guided thyroid and parathyroid surgery led by endocrine surgeon Dr. Daniel Ruan; MRI guided cryoablations of renal and prostate tumors led by interventional body radiologist Dr. Kemal Tuncali; and MRI guided cryoablations in the head, neck and spine led by myself with cryoablation expertise from Dr. Tuncali. The applications of image-guided therapy techniques continue to evolve and expand as AMIGO researchers, such as Dr. Jayender Jagadeesan and Dan Kacher, study new ways to optimize techniques that are more targeted and less invasive for patients.”

-Thomas Lee, MD, Assistant Section Head, Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology

March 12

BWH Bulletin: Science and Curiosity Save Patient’s Life.


December 31

In Memoriam: Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD, B. Leonard Holman Professor of Radiology.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Department of Radiology mourn the passing of Ferenc A. Jolesz, MD, who died suddenly and unexpectedly.

October 20

Devices integrate MRIs into surgeries. Boston Globe. October 20, 2014.

October 10-11

10th Interventional MRI Symposium

September 22

BWH Press Release: The Fine Line Between Breast Cancer and Normal Tissues.

September 18-19

7th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop

September 18

MICCAI Tutorial: Building image-guidance systems from open-source components. Cambridge, MA.

August 24

IEEE EMBC Tutorial: Building image-guidance systems from open-source components. Chicago, IL.

July 18

WBZ News Story on AMIGO: Brigham Clinical Trial Using CAT Scan In Operating Room To Better Target Tumors

June 23-27

Summer Project Week at MIT


Costas Arvanitis wins the 2014 Roberts’ Prize for best paper published in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology in 2013.

Arvanitis C.D., Livingstone M.S., McDannold N. Combined Ultrasound and MR Imaging to Guide Focused Ultrasound Therapies in the Brain. Phys. Med. Biol. 2013 Jun; 58:4749-61. PMID: 23788054. PMCID: PMC3955087.


200p The Jolesz, Ferenc A. (Ed.) Intraoperative Imaging and Image-Guided Therapy book was published.
Image-guided therapy (IGT) uses imaging to improve the localization and targeting of diseased tissue and to monitor and control treatments. During the past decade, image-guided surgeries and image-guided minimally invasive interventions have emerged as advances that can be used in place of traditional invasive approaches. Read more...



AMIGO Suite Wins American Institute of Architects (AIA)/ Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) 2013 Award

June 17-21

Summer Project Week at MIT

March 21-23

6th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop


Friends of AMIGO Newsletter, Issue 4.

Another Milestone for AMIGO: The AMIGO team performed the 250th procedure in the suite on January 31st, 2013. More...


December 7

WBZ News Story on AMIGO: Cancer Patients Avoid Multiple Surgeries. Read more...

November 30

BWH Bulletin on Breast Research in AMIGO: Research into Breast Cancer Procedure Could Prevent Repeat Surgeries. Read more...

October 26

In Memoriam: Paul Morrison, Medical Physicist
BWH Radiology mourns the loss of Paul Morrison, MS, who died on September 24 after battling cancer. A medical physicist whose expertise encompassed MRI and laser safety, Mr. Morrison worked at BWH for more than 20 years. Colleagues described their admiration for his kind, thoughtful demeanor and devotion to his family, friends and co-workers.


Navigation options in the AMIGO suite expanded to include the Megrez System by Symbow Medical

The Megrez navigation system (Symbow Medical, Beijing, China) was installed in the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite of the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Symbowmed joins the family of navigation systems present in AMIGO which include products from BrainLab, Hologic, Robin Medical, and St. Jude. Megrez is a portable system designed to support interventional therapeutic procedures under image guidance, to realize both real-time interactive and offline navigation. Its unique MRI compatible features enabled integration with the high field 3T MRI scanner in AMIGO. The system was also integrated with the PET/CT scanner with the intention to support interventional guidance under both morphological and functional information. The system is being technically evaluated by BWH scientists, with regards to accuracy, safety and efficiency. Possible clinical applications include brain biopsy, and percutaneous abdominal procedures such as biopsy and cryotherapy. The addition of this equipment may aid in the AMIGO team’s efforts to fully utilize all three rooms of the suite. Although similar equipment is available in the center operating room, it is not MRI compatible. The use of Megrez is expected to increase the types of procedures that can be performed in the MRI procedure room.

September 22-23

9th Interventional MRI Symposium

September 21

5th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop

June 18-22

Summer Project Week at MIT

April 12

Friends of AMIGO Newsletter, Issue 3.

On Thursday, April 12th, the AMIGO staff treated the 100th patient in the suite. More...


October 12-13

4th NCIGT and NIH Image Guided Therapy Workshop

The topic for this workshop is "Advanced Imaging Technologies and Methods for Image Guided Therapy" and the goal is to learn about state of the art and future trends in imaging for therapy.


Friends of AMIGO Newsletter, Issue 2.

BWH Unveils “Unprecedented Opportunity and One-Of-A-Kind Setting”. On May 4, 2011, Brigham and Women’s leapt into the future of image guided therapy with the much anticipated unveiling of the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating Suite (AMIGO) suite. More...

June 20-24

Summer Project Week at MIT


Friends of AMIGO Newsletter, Issue 1.

Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating Suite (AMIGO) is a patient-friendly environment where physicians and engineers, surgeons and radiologists all work closely together. More...



NCIGT Press Release: The National Center for Image Guided Therapy at BWH Receives Renewed Funding from NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has renewed funding for the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The five-year, $15 million P41 grant will allow the center to continue its work focused on the multidisciplinary development of innovative image-guided intervention technologies to enable effective, less invasive clinical treatments that are not only more economical, but also produce better results for patients. More...

June 21-25

Summer Project Week at MIT


Harvard Catalyst Imaging Courses

Imaging courses offered March-May 2010 by Harvard Catalyst (funded by NCRR), a strong collaborator of NCIGT. These are open to all members of the greater Harvard community. These courses cover both general and current state of the art medical imaging and image processing capabilities and are designed to better acquaint clinicians and scientists with the tools and technologies available in this important field. More...

March 8-9

3rd Annual Image-Guided Therapy Workshop

Sponsored by the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), this workshop focused on Multimodal Imaging in the Operating Room. The goal is to learn about state of the art and future trends in operating suites that use more than one imaging modality, and serve more than one clinical specialty.


October 1

IMRIS and Brigham and Women's Hospital Announce Purchase of IMRISNV and IMRIScardio. More...

June 11

AMIGO Ground Breaking


Non-Invasive, Radiation-Free Technology as Pain-Killing Treatment for Bone Metastases.
A Prostate Cancer Foundation Report.


October 6-7

First International MRgFUS Symposium 2008
The meeting is of interest to researchers, clinicians, managers, educators and commentators, and will provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving field. More...


New Treatment Bubbles Up from Old Imaging Technology

The Spotlight article in the May 13, 2008 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin features Focused Ultrasound and the NCIGT Clinical workshop.



The Operating Room of the Future
Advanced imaging technologies are transforming therapy
NCRR Reporter, Summer 2008 Vol. XXXII, No. 2

May 13

New Treatment Bubbles Up from Old Imaging Technology
The Spotlight article in the May 13, 2008 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin features Focused Ultrasound and the March 2008 NCIGT Clinical workshop.

March 10-11

2008 Clinical IGT Workshop
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), and the National Center for Image-Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, organized a workshop on Clinical Image-Guided Therapy: Opportunities and Needs.


November 2

MICCAI 2007 workshop
The Insight Software Consortium (ISC) and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC) will host a one-day MICCAI 2007 workshop featuring peer-reviewed, Open Science publications that highlight open source data and software.

November 2

Registration Workshop, MICCAI 2007
Statistical Registration: Pair-wise and Group-wise Alignment and Atlas Formation, co-organized by Dr. William Wells at the Surgical Planning Laboratory, is to be held in conjunction with MICCAI 2007.

May 5

Brain Science Foundation - Meningioma Awareness Day
This conference will be the first to focus exclusively on the health issues experienced by patients of meningioma, the most common type of all primary brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

April 24

New Hi-Tech Images Guide Surgeons' Hands
U.S.News&World Report

February 21

SIGNA MRT Serial# 000 Obituary
This system really had a most remarkable history. The first human procedure on April 15 1994, a biopsy of a pelvic tumor was the start of many clinical firsts.

February 5

Symposium on MR-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound
The purpose of the symposium is to demonstrate both the clinical capabilities and research opportunities for focused ultrasound techniques.

February 1-2

7th National Forum on Biomedical Imaging in Oncology
The forum focuses on mechanisms, processes, and supporting infrastructure necessary for conducting clinical trials of scientific interest to academia and NCI.


December 5

Edward M. Kennedy Award for Healthcare Innovation
The honor went to doctors and scientists who make up the CIMIT Image Guided Therapy team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

October 19-20

NCIGT Open System Architecture Workshop
The National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT), in partnership with the National Alliance for Medical Image Analysis (NA-MIC) is organizing a workshop on Open System Architecture for Image-Guided Therapy.

November 11-12

MRI-Guided Therapy Symposium-Focus on Cryotherapy
The Symposium is a comprehensive program presenting practical aspects to assist in developing an MRI-guided cryoablation program.

August 25

Neurosurgery Milestone
BWH completes 1,000th Intraoperative MR-guided Craniotomy, as it marks the 10th anniversary of this landmark procedure.

As a national leader in the Neurosciences and one of only 10 U.S. hospitals with the resources and expertise to perform intraoperative MR-guided craniotomies, BWH is the first hospital in the world to perform 1,000 of them.