2009 Summer Project Week Prostate Robotics

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Information about the experiment at BWH

If you are interested in joining us, please do:
 1. Ask Noby or Junichi if you can attend.
 2. Be at the place around 7pm on Monday or Tuesday. The place is Brigham and Women's Hospital, 221 Longwood, Boston MA 02115.
    Please call Junichi at 617-459-2680 at the entrance of the building.

Key Investigators

  • BWH: Junichi Tokuda, Haiying Liu, Nobuhiko Hata, Clare Tempany
  • JHU: Sam Song, Nathan Cho, Iulian Iordachita
  • AMS: Jack Blevins, Clif Burdette
  • WPI: Gregory Fischer
  • Queen's: Andras Lasso, Gabor Fichtinger


We will perform a mock-up procedure to validate our software / hardware system for MRI-guided transperineal prostate intervention.

Approach, Plan

The software system consists of three sub-components: a) control software for the needle placement robot, b) software to control a closed-bore whole body 3T MRI scanner (GE Excite HD 3T, GE Healthcare), and c) open-source surgical navigation software (3D Slicer, http://www.slicer.org/) and RadVision (AcousticMed Systems). The navigation software serves as an integrated environment for calibration, surgical planning, image guidance and device monitoring and control. The 3D Slicer communicates with the other components through Ethernet to exchange data and commands using an open network communication protocol, OpenIGTLink.


During IGT Workshop in 2008 (Boston, December 2008), we successfully tested communication among the navigation software (3D Slicer / RadVision), robot control software, and 3T MRI at BWH. Since then, we have been working primarily on two tasks: improvement of the pneumatic mechanism at JHU and volunteer studies to analyze the workspace in the 3T MRI at BWH.

Logistics for MRI Experiment at Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • Date / place
    • Date: 22, 23 and 25 June 2009, from 6:00pm -
    • Place: Brigham and Women's Hospital, LMRC 3T Shortbore MRI Scanner Room, 221 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA
  • Participants
    • BWH: Clare, Noby, Junichi, Haiying
    • JHU: Iulian, Sam, Nathan,
    • AMS: Clif, Jack
    • Queen's: Gabor
    • WPI: Greg
  • Note:
    • We might not have enough room for visitors. Please ask Junichi Tokuda, if you are interested in participating.


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