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Innovations in Incisionless Surgery

North American first in children: SickKids doctors destroy bone tumour using incisionless surgery

A patient at The Hospital for Sick Children is the first child in North America to have undergone a specialized procedure that uses ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to destroy a tumour in his leg without piercing the skin. Doctors used an MRI to guide high-intensity ultrasound waves to destroy a benign bone tumour called osteoid osteoma. The lesion had caused 16-year-old Jack Campanile excruciating pain for a year prior to the July 17 procedure. By the time he went to bed that night, the athletic teen experienced complete pain relief.

The procedure was performed under the Centre of Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) which Dr. James Drake - Head of the Division of Neurosurgery - leads, spearheaded by Interventional radiologist Michael Temple, and HIFU lead scientist Adam Waspe. In addition to HIFU, CIGITI focused on innovation in medical robotics and surgical simulation.

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