Health Beat: AMIGO innovative breast cancer surgery

BOSTON - Undergoing any surgery can be difficult, but having to go back again can be un-nerving. Now, a world class operating suite is sparing some patients a second trip under the knife.

"I've never been in a hospital. I've never had surgery. I've never had anesthesia, so I was really nervous," said Jane Davis, a breast cancer patient.

Davis would've been part of the 40 percent of U.S. women to undergo a second surgery, but the AMIGO allowed her doctor to take an MRI during her lumpectomy; to make sure he had cancer free margins.

"An MRI machine comes in from the ceiling and then looks at the area that I removed to see if I removed the tumor in its entirety," said Dr. Mehra Golshan, at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The three-room operating room suite has an electronically controlled operating table mounted with an MRI-compatible anesthesia delivery system and other advanced mobile imaging devices. Next door is a PET and CT room that scans the entire body.

"There is no other operating room where you can actually use an MRI or PET Scan at the same time," Golshan explained.

Surgical teams can view all of the patients' images on large LCD monitors, making surgeries more precise. The AMIGO is also used for other treatments that include brain surgery, radiation treatment for prostate cancer and gynecological tumors.

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