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

March 27, 2015
AMIGO-MRI

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

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