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A large and growing family of medical interventions involves the placement of some linear surgical instruments. Typical examples include needle based aspirations, injections, local ablation therapies, brachytherapy, but “virtual needles” like high energy X-ray and laser beams are also commonly applied. The majority of these interventions today are performed percutaneously (i.e., across the skin). Recently, a rapidly growing variety of these procedures have been deployed via alternative access routes from within body cavities (rectum, sinus, throat), as well as the vascular and gastro-intestinal systems. Typical guidance methods are computed tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and fluoroscopy. Our lab focuses on development of enabling technology for image-guided percutaneous and intra-cavity procedures. An important aspect of our research is translation of these systems and technologies to clinical trials, through partnership with world-class clinical experts and industry partners in Canada, U.S.A, and beyond... read more

Recent news


New doctor in the Perk Lab -- Dr. Hossein Sadjadi

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We have a new doctor in the Perk Lab -- Dr. Hossein Sadjadi.

Earlier today Hossein, following an absolutely splendid defense, earned the Doctor of Philosophy title for his work entitled "ELECTROMAGNETIC INSTRUMENT TRACKING". Congratulations! 

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New master's in the Perk Lab: Manju Anand

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Please join me in congratulating Manju who defended his MSc thesis today. It was a masterly performance from the master's of science. Manju will hand in the final thesis next week and then start on his new job in Toronto. 

 

 

Manju Anand - new master's in the Perk Lab

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Manju, the new master's!

Folks, join me in congratulating Manju who defended his MSc thesis today. It was a masterly performance from the master's of science. 

 

 

Gabor Fichtinger has been elected to the Administrative Committee of IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society

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Gabor Fichtinger has been elected to the Administrative Committee of IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS). His term will begin 1 January 2015 and expire 31 December 2017. IEEE EMBS is the premiere professional organization of our field, with a current membership over 9,600. If Gabor did not have enough to do before, this new post will certainly keep him busy.

Plus and SlicerIGT now supports color image acquisition and display

SlicerIGT and the Plus toolkit now supports color image acquisition, streaming through OpenIGTLink, and live display in 3D Slicer. This allows using SlicerIGT to display color Doppler ultrasound images, endoscopy, and other full-color video during image-guided procedures. Currently Epiphan, ImagingControls, and any Microsoft Media Foundation-compatible framegrabber devices are supported. Thanks to Adam Rankin, the key developer of this feature.

Ron Kikinis visited the PerkLab

Dr. Kikinis is the founding Director of the Surgical Planning Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School visited the PerkLab on 29-30 April, 2014. His presentation slides are available here.