Suffolk completes construction on progressive operating suite

5,700 square-foot operating suite to be test bed for next generation of imaged-guided operating techniques.

January 16, 2012 |

Suffolk Construction recently completed the multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) suite at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).

A highly integrated, 5,700 square-foot suite featuring three sterile procedure rooms, AMIGO represents the leading edge in surgical care, where image-guided surgical procedures will be introduced, tested, and perfected for the benefit of patients around the world.

The AMIGO suite will serve as the clinical arm and research test bed of the National Center for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Designed with new intraoperative technology, the suite features a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) room, an operating room with Angiography, and a Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/Computed Tomography (CT) room. 

 Suffolk worked closely with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, architect Payette, and IMRIS, a global leader in image guided therapy solutions, to create a space that features a first-of-its-kind ceiling-mounted MRI that runs on rails between the MRI room and the operating room.  This design allows the equipment, rather than the patient, to move between rooms, resulting in reduced trauma for the patient as well as increased patient safety.

The suite also provides the intraoperative use of advanced imaging techniques that help make proceduresmore precise and enables surgeons to more fully assess the initial results before closing the incision and completing the procedure.  It is the first time that such a large variety of imaging technologies are situated together in one space in an operating suite. BD+C

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