Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI)

Centre for Image Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI)

The Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue

Toronto, ON M5G 1X9
General contact
James M. Drake
CIGITI Principal Investigator and Chief of Neurosurgery


T: (416) 813-6125
E: james.drake@sickkids.ca
Research contact
Thomas Looi
CIGITI Program Director

Neuroscience and Mental Health

T: (416) 813-7654 x228074
E: thomas.looi@sickkids.ca
Lab/facility website: http://www.cigiti.ca
Published date: Nov 26, 2013
What the lab/facility does

Image-guided surgery and therapy with simulation, smart tools and imaging

Sectors of Application
Health care and social services; Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Area(s) of expertise

CIGITI is an image-guided research facility with expertise in millimetre-sized surgical-tools development, integrated MR intervention, virtual-reality surgical training and non-invasive focused ultrasound treatment.

Research Services

3-D printing (SLA and powder material), Anatomical model development, Dedicated clinical 3T MR for imaging and interventional, Philips Sonalleve HIFU system, Animal HIFU system, Open-architecture robotic test bed, Da Vinci test kit, Surgical simulation, Natural orifice surgery, Neuroendoscopy

Specialized labs and equipment

Name of equipment

Description of function

Spectrum Z510 printer

3-D printer capable of printing hard and soft models

Form 1 printer

SLA printer for rapid prototyping

Philips Achieva 3TX

Clinical 3T MRI

Philips Sonalleve

Clinical high-intensity focused ultrasound


Animal high-intensity focused ultrasound

Robotics test bed

Three Denso VP-6 robotic manipulators connected in an open-architecture test bed for controller and surgical-tool development with NDI optical tracker

Da Vinci test kit

Da Vinci test kit for training and evaluation for robotic pediatric surgery

Patient-specific surgical simulator (P3S)

Virtual-reality surgical simulator for general surgery procedures

Pediatric laparoscopic trainer

Laparoscopic trainer box for pediatric procedures that include motion and force tracking

Visionsense 3-D laparoscope

3-D endoscope for neuroendoscopy

Private and public sector research partners
  • MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA)
  • Philips Healthcare
  • L3-MAPPS
  • Engineering Services Inc. (ESI)