True ‘AMIGOS’

November 14, 2011
AMIGOS

On her way into the operating room, Laura Albanese wasn’t frightened about undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead, she was confident, feeling as though she were surrounded by friends.

“It was like we were Charlie’s Angels, a force to be reckoned with,” she said, recounting the moments before surgery when her care team wheeled her into the operating suite. “It was unbelievable.”

Albanese’s operation was performed in BWH’s new Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite, a one-of-a-kind set-up that gives interventional radiologists and surgeons immediate access to a full array of advanced imaging modalities for use during procedures. The integrated, 5,700-square-foot area is divided into three sterile procedure rooms—joined internally by sliding doors—that house real-time imaging modalities like X-ray fluoroscopy and ultrasound, as well as cross sectional digital imaging systems like CT, high field strength MRI and high resolution PET. More...

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