The Advanced Multi-Modality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite represents a significant development in integrating imaging and surgery into one space. In this groundbreaking clinical research facility, an operating room is linked to adjacent imaging suites, enabling the patient to remain static while the machines—including a 33,000-pound MRI—move from one chamber to another in the midst of a surgical procedure. Three diagnostic and procedure rooms allow imaging to be utilized before, during and after surgery with minimal disruption to the patient and the surgical procedure. This suite provides clinicians and researchers with new opportunities for improving surgical techniques and developing new clinical methodologies.
The array of infrastructure necessary to enable this technology was deftly concealed behind walls and above ceilings, which were kept neutral in appearance so as not to compete with critical patient information displays. The kinetic qualities of the suite are captured on the floor, where the arc of the operating table’s rotation and the limits of the magnet’s Gaussian surfaces are vividly rendered in a palette of colors derived from the facility’s cutting-edge equipment.
The AMIGO Suite is also a laboratory for groundbreaking research and the work that occurs there involves large and diverse teams including surgeons, clinical staff, radiologists, researchers and bioengineers. Therefore the Suite becomes a true operating theater where the ability to observe and interface remotely becomes very important.