Visiting the SPL
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|The SPL is a research lab in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. BWH is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. The Core Mission of the SPL is the extraction of medically relevant information from diagnostic imaging data. To learn more about the SPL, please visit the overview section of this website.|
|The SPL facilities can be found at the BWH Main Campus in the Longwood Medical Area in Boston and at our facility at 1249 Boylston Street in Boston (which is about a mile away).|
Visiting for Training and Research Collaborations
We routinely host visitors with a variety of backgrounds (medical or engineering) and at different levels of education. The SPL does not have a degree granting program. Students working on projects at SPL are typically enrolled in a degree granting program at universities elsewhere. The duration of stay ranges from days to years. Typically, visitors pay their own expenses, including salary, benefits and cost of living. In most cases the visitors are sponsored by their parent institutions or private foundations. We, in turn, provide access to our environment and some degree of supervision.
If you are interested to visit or to participate in a research project, please send us an e-mail.
The SPL is an umbrella organization which provides a number of labs with IT services and access to our rich scientific environment. For more information about the closely affiliated labs and efforts, please see the projects page.
ThornCam is a dynamically changing window view seen from the third floor of the George W. Thorn Medical Research Building at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The Thorn Building is home to the Radiology Research Labs, of which the Surgical Planning Lab is a part.
Brigham and Women's Hospital is the result of the merger of several Harvard University-affiliated hospitals over the years: the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, the Boston Hospital for Women and the Free Hospital for Women. The architecture of the hospital reflects this growth over time: the main complex is a series of interconnecting buildings, each built at different times. ThornCam's east-northeast view shows the roofs of several older buildings that form the "Pike," the hallway that acts as the hospital's main spine.
The tall building is the Connors Center for Reproductive Health, one of the nation's finest medical centers for women and newborns. On top of the Connors Center is a heliport that provides helicopter 'medflight' access for the entire hospital. The windsock on the roof is a good indication of the prevailing wind. Just beyond the Connors Center is Brigham and Women's main tower, where most overnight hospital patients stay.