The model for IGT was conceived back in 1993 when Drs. Chait and Armstrong were interventional radiologists at SickKids. At the time, they used two small interventional rooms but realized that the space and equipment they were using was quickly becoming inadequate and obsolete to fill the growing demand for interventional radiology services at SickKids.
By 1994, Drs. Chait and Armstrong were preparing for the future and were considering the idea of modern interventional radiology suites within SickKids. As the years progressed with input from various parties, various locations for these new interventional radiology suites within the hospital were considered.
Between 1994 and 1997 a multidisciplinary proposal was developed to build what is now IGT, modeled after a Research Interventional Centre in Norway. SickKids accepted this proposal in 1997. The construction of IGT began at SickKids in November 2000 under the leadership of Drs. Babyn and Connolly.
IGT opened its doors on May 25, 2001, and now has five full-time paediatric interventional radiologists, a neurointerventionalist, a team of qualified nurses and technologists, as well as the assistance of anaesthesiologists and paediatricians, working in four interventional suites.
IGT houses some of the most modern and state-of-the-art imaging equipment in the world. Interventional radiology procedures are performed in IGT suites, using image guidance to deliver minimally invasive treatments. In addition, IGT suites are constructed to operating room standards, enabling multidisciplinary teams, surgeons and interventional radiologists to work collaboratively in combined image-guided procedures. The facility also enables new procedures requiring complex imaging to be performed by physicians, surgeons and anaesthesiologists.
IGT continues to update their imaging equipment and facility as new advancements in technology are released. IGT’s future plan includes an expansion that will include a MR suite for the use of interventional radiologists and surgeons in IGT, which will be linked to a hybrid OR/Imaging suite. This expansion will enable new and exciting operative and imaging procedures to be performed (i.e. neurosurgery) in IGT.