Health and social care

Operating room of the future

Harvard, USA


The National Centre for Image Guided Therapy


Medical technology

The National Centre for Image Guided Therapy (NCIGT) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School is a Biomedical technology research centre. NCIT serves as a testbed for new imaging technologies and their application in the operating room where they can assist surgeons in delivering safer and more effective treatment. NCIGT does not make prototypes, but will test existing prototypes of medical devices and conduct clinical trials. Researchers, hospital administrators and industry will come to NCIGT to test products on real patients. NCIGT performs a lot of testing for new applications of existing medical devices that were originally intended and approved for other purposes.

What was tested

Slicer Engineering; Prostate Imaging; Advanced Focused Ultrasound Surgery; Focussed ultrasound etc.

Testbed purpose

The main purpose is to provide more effective patient care and to enable effective, less invasive clinical treatments that are not only more economical, but also produce better results for patients.


The Operating Room of the Future includes several research laboratories that mimic real operating and examination rooms, such as the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating (AMIGO) Suite, the Surgical Planning Laboratory, the Focused Ultrasound Laboratory, the Neurosurgery Laboratory and the CIMIT Image Guidance Laboratory (IGT). Using the laboratories are staff working on numerous research projects of which there are Principal Investigators (PIs) responsible.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Make public services better and more efficient

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