Robarts Imaging Laboratories

Western University (The University of Western Ontario), London, Ontario
What the facility does

Image-guided intervention research, enabling minimally-invasive surgery.

Areas of expertise

The laboratory for Virtual Augmentation for Surgery and Simulation (VASST) is dedicated to the development of systems to facilitate minimally invasive surgical procedures using image guidance. We have the capability to develop software and hardware to support systems for image-guided surgical procedures; to build organ phantoms for use in procedure simulation and training; and to perform sophisticated analysis of images (segmentation, registration, feature extraction) from multiple imaging modalities including MRI, CT, ultrasound, video and histology.

Research services

3D printing, 3D histology, ultrasound imaging, image processing, 3D CT scanning, simulated organ design (imaging phantoms), visualization systems for interventional guidance, image processing and analysis, surgical navigation systems

Sectors of application
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
Stratasys Objet30 3D Printer3D plastic printer. Rapid prototyping of devices from SolidWorks or similar files.
Philips iE33 3D Ultrasound systemTrans-esophageal ultrasounds system with 2D and 3D capabilities.
EleVision™ IR PlatformVisionSense 3D micro-endoscopy system.
Ultrasonix diagnostic ultrasound systems 
Medtronic O-ArmPortable cone-beam CT scanner.
NVIDIA Tesla GPU ClustersHigh performance computing for highly parallelizable problems.
CryoViz 3D digital histology systemEnables frozen tissue samples up to the size of a whole mouse to be slices and digitized as a high resolution 3D volume in both bright field and fluorescence modes. 
Cardiac flow pump 
MRI-compatible Dynamic Multimodality Heart PhantomTissue-equivalent beating heart phantom that is compatible with MR, CT and Ultrasound.
  • NeoChord Inc.
  • Northern Digital Inc.
3D Technology Future of Heart Treatments